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  1. History The works was built in 1913 and extended in 1954, to purify water from the Strines, Dale Dike and Agden reservoirs. In 1930 it had the first telephone installed in Bradfield and served well with the Yorkshire Water Authority taking over in in 1974. The UK’s water industry became privatised in 1989, the premises closed in 1994 following the completion of the new Water Treatment Works in the Loxley Valley. More recently Proposals to convert the derelict water filter works into housing have being held up by bats. A protected species survey has to be carried out in the summer (2014) before a decision can be taken on an application to turn the derelict building into 15 studio apartments. The scheme, which also involves adding five cottages in the grounds and using old ponds as a trout farm, off Mill Lee Road, has been withdrawn for the time being. It is due to be resubmitted to the Peak Park planning authority once the survey results are known. Read more at: https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/bats-delay-village-housing-scheme-in-low-bradfield-1-6525905 Explore Bit off the beaten track this one... that said the works is set in a picturesque village situated just outside Sheffield. The building is built from yorkshire stone and sits well in its surroundings albeit in its derelict state. The building is sat on large plot of land although the works itself is a little on the small side considering its past as a water works. The works consist of three rooms, one of those smaller to the rear of the building. Theres also a raised office area off one of the larger rooms and toilets at the opposite side. The building is in good condition to say it's been left for over twenty years with easy entry to the building. Theres lots of graffiti some of which are shown in the post... this said not all are represented here. Its definitely worth a visit and offers entry level explorers a great insight into urban exploring + theres a great pub just across the road offering a great local ale. Some pics Little lad absolutely loving it from above It's been a while since we explored speaking with others it has a full time security guard and some high end CCTV have also been installed
  2. The Visit I was told about this place by some pensioner explorers who loved the street art around Sheffield, set off the week after to have a look for ourselves. Set in a lovely little village, not much left inside now but some amazing street art in there! The History The water works was built in 1913 to filter and treat water taken from the Dale Dike (the cause of the 1864 great flood of Sheffield),and Agden reservoirs in the nearby Loxley Valley. The water works was cutting edge technology in it's time and it even had the first telephone to be installed in Bradfield back in 1930 apparently. In 1974 the Yorkshire Water Authority took over and then during the Thatcher government some years later, the entire UK water industry was privatised with the Water Act of 1989. The pumping house at Lower Bradfield was abandoned in 1994 when a new pump house and processing plant was built Further down the Loxley valley. According to the locals the building attracts unwanted visitors and is a constant eyesore and a morbid reminder of Lower Bradfields grim past. The only small remaining hints of the buildings past Now some stripped out rooms.. And finally, some of the best street art I've ever seen... Oh.. and a fun looking pigeon
  3. Built in 1913 to treat water from the local reservoirs & closed in 1995, it's totally trashed & has turned in to something of a graffiti gallery for all the locals. There's a pretty vibrant graffiti scene in Sheffield, & anywhere as trashed as this is fair game, especially if you can keep dry while painting Been here twice now, popped in last week while I was in the area, spend more time there today. This, along with some more local buildings, is owned by a local bloke who is apparently just leaving them all to rot, & who apparently gets very defensive when anyone suggests as much. Anyway, pics... The old way in, everything except those doors (& the graffiti!) seems to be in muted colours... Oh, & the lockers... On with the rest... My favourite graffiti artist, Coloquix And the gallery, with another Coloquix in the corner.
  4. The History A quick report from this relatively local site. I can't find a report on it on here but it does feature here and there elsewhere on the web. The Loxley Independent Chapel was built in 1787 at the expense of one Rev Benjamin Greaves, the curate of the nearby village of Bradfield. Although completed for the most part it is assumed the financial resources of the Reverend and his friends must have fallen somewhat short as the builders failed to install window on the east side of the building. Owing to this fault the building could not be consecrated and was therefore sold at auction for £315 and brought into use as a Free Chapel. The first baptisms took place in 1799 and by 1851 a religious census showed an average afternoon congreation of over 200. In 1872 the first officer of HMS Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was baptised in the chapel. Despite amalgamation with a congregation from the United Reformed Church attendance continued to dwindle and the chapel finally closed in 1993. The building is now in private ownership (I think I'm right in saying the same bloke owns swathes of dilapidated buildings in the area) and although it is Grade II listed it was fallen ever further into disrepair since first being placed on English Heritage's buildings at risk register in 1985. The Pictures 1. A wonky external owing to the ridiculous shape of Sheffield in general: 2. The organ from the pews in the loft: 3. The pulpit, showing the pretty dire state of affairs on the ground floor: 4. An attempt to diversify on the cliche preaching shot: 5. Some of the marble memorials and related 'things' dotted about, the plaques are pristine, it's a strange contrast: 6. A good example of how an organ console shouldn't look: 7. What seemed to be a Nonconformist newspaper, riveting stuff. Cheers for looking, if you're in Sheffield and up for some explores then drop me an email or PM Thirteen.