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  1. Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807-8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also the Petty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866, the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896-7 and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused.
  2. This Grade II listed building was built in 1894-96 and has been altered altered 1931 and 1967. The large children's mural was designed in 1931 by Herbert Wood. In more recent times it has been The Taj Banqueting Suite which was evacuated in 2014 when when an explosion caused a fire in the kitchen. (http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/around-200-people-evacuated-after-7648171)
  3. Construction of St Jude's Moorfields Church School started in 1844 and was completed around 1858 and was to serve one of the slum parishes in Sheffield. Later renamed St. Judes Anglican Church. In 1980 it became Assembly of God Pentecostal Church, it closed in 1999. The building has been extensively altered but some of the original architecture remains. Conversion of St Jude’s into six apartments has also been given the green light. (http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/back-to-back-housing-makes-a-comeback-in-sheffield-1-7851304) As expected it was nothing special since its had a good going over by the pigeons and graffiti artists however there are some nice pieces from color (I think)
  4. Got no history on this one, it looks like its used as storage by Viridor as theres loads of wheelie bins in one of the rooms, it's also stripped so don't get your hopes up.
  5. Pye Bank Primary School, one of the original Sheffield Board Schools, was designed by architects Innocent and Brown, and was opened in 1875. The buildings were unlocked on 1st December by Mrs Mark Firth in the presence of Sir John Brown, a British industrialist, and Viscount Sandon using a large golden key elegantly decorated with jewels. Over one hundred years later, Brian Bezant, a former teacher through the 1970’s to 1990’s, and headteacher from 1997, described the school as being “perched on a cliff like an eagle’s eyrie” and explained how it was initially divided into three distinct departments; one for infants, and two – which were separate – for male and female juniors. The school continued to grow alongside Sheffield’s industry as the population in Pitsmoor grew rapidly; even after it suffered severe damaged when it was bombed in December 1940. It only remained closed for five months and while the roof was repaired most of the teachers and pupils were evacuated to Lincolnshire. By the 1970’s the school had become extremely overcrowded, to the extent that mobile classrooms occupied much of the playground spaces, and several concerns were raised over the disappearing influence of the church. However, while Diocesan plans surfaced to re-establish a presence in the area, they were unsuccessful since the religious divide between pupils has already become too great. Although the Pye Bank never actually rejected its strong Christian ethos, before its closure it was reported that the school served a community that was almost entirely Muslim based. Despite its long history, the school closed in 2003 when a new purpose-built site, which was constructed on the former site of St. Catherine’s RC Primary School, opened on Andover Street. Although the buildings are now Grade II listed, the entire school has remained abandoned since its closure, despite alleged plans to redevelop it into apartments. It is likely, if such rumours are true, that the hillside on which the school is located, which offers stunning views overlooking the city of Sheffield, helped to prompt this proposal. Cheers for looking.
  6. It's that time of the month for another George Barnsley report! George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. Thanks for looking.
  7. That's awesome, I love seeing shots of old vehicles left to rust away in woodland
  8. Thanks, I've had a few say that now I just thought they hadn't put up their pics of it but maybe they missed it after all.
  9. Very tasty indeed PS. First shots wicked
  10. Thanks, for what it was it was a good time, it certainly beat getting threatened by a junkie while I was on my way here!
  11. Before you go any further I'll warn you now this place is pretty barren and I'm posting this as an update to what it's like now. Most has now been demolished with the remains heavily covered in graffiti including some of Sheffield’s usual suspects, Coloquix, coLor and Phlegm. Williams Fasteners is a trading name of Williams Brothers, which was founded in 1870 by George Williams and describes itself as the "leading UK suppliers of Industrial Fasteners and Fixings and Precision Engineered Special Fasteners". Williams Brothers relocated in 1997 to their current HQ on the Tinsley Industrial Estate leaving this building behind.
  12. Real nice, I love all the old signage thats around
  13. Haha yeah there was quite a pile of them at least the users had put the caps back on the ones I saw
  14. I know coLor and Eugene Booms are pals and paint a lot together. I know what you mean about them being samey once you've seen a Coloquix you've seen most of them - still good stuff though
  15. This former medical centre would have been used to treat injured workers and although not quite 'underground' it is now buried underneath a car park. Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of Harry Brearley they developed high chrome stainless steel. The companies continued under their own management until they formally merged in 1930 becoming Firth Brown Steels. The company was amalgamated into Sheffield Forgemasters in 1982. Thanks for looking.
  16. Curious looking place, looks interesting. I like what you managed to get before you had to bail.
  17. I love clock towers, that last picture is an instant win!! Great shots, nice to see your wait paid off
  18. Really nice that. It looks really tidy too, nice to see it's not been mindlessly smashed to bits.
  19. Yeah, it's looking pretty battered, someones thrown some of them tables and cabinets around It was nice to see that it wasn't fully trashed though.
  20. No idea on any history of the place and to be totally honest I'm not even sure it belonged to the aforementioned place I'm just going off the sign I found inside. There are signs of construction equipment throughout the house, ladders, tools etc some older than others. Maybe whoever owns/owned the property was mid renovation? It definitely didn’t look like its seen people inside for a long time as everything was covered in layers of dust and rather rotten - this is the first time my foot has gone through a floorboard! Spotted by Birdman Whistle on the way to the local chippy we returned the following day not expecting much. One thing however caught my attention, amongst the random assortment of paperwork were a few old newspaper articles, one about decimal money and the other about the murder of my mums uncle back in 1972 which was an odd find. Thanks for looking.
  21. It was odd, it was amongst ladders, scaffolding and wheelbarrows!
  22. Really nice the first shots a belter for me, I love places places like this.
  23. Globe Worsted Mills were built in two stages – the construction of the first, Globe 1 began straight away in 1887 and was completed by the following year. Globe 1 was 5 stories high and consisted of 33 bays. A detached boiler house, chimney and offices were also included on the site between the canal and road. Globe 2 was built in 1889 on the opposite side of the road, with an overhead walkway connecting the two buildings. Globe 2 was 5 stories plus a basement, and had 15 bays. The Globe Worsted Company went from strength to strength over the years, and like many other textile mills saw a gradual decline in trade towards the end of the 20th century. The company went into administration in 2004 and closed later that year. The site has recently been sold to a private developer and a £30 million project is under way to renovate the buildings into a multi-use complex comprising public and business facilities. The chimney and walkway have been demolished as part of the works. Globe 1 is currently well under development while Globe 2 currently lies quietly behind. Thanks for looking.