Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Court House

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Court House opened in 1700 and was expanded many times until its closure in the 1990s. The building remains disused and listed as at-risk.

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Court
 

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History of Sheffield’s Old Town Hall and Crown Courts

Sheffield Old Town Hall was commissioned to replace Sheffield’s first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. The initial building, built in 1807–8, was a five-bay structure but was extended in 1833 and again in 1866. The most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance. 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 1896–97. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused.

In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk.

My Visits
I have visited the Court House in Sheffield on a few occasions, the first being back in 2013 and I’ve seen the building decline since then. In a poor state when I first witnessed it, further floors have fallen through since then. It’s sad to see the building falling apart, and hopefully actions by a local group can save it from further decline.

 

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Main court room

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Main court room

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Court from top

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Court from top

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Angled view

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Angled view

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Main court room corner view

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Main court room corner view

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Main court room viewed from the back

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Main court room viewed from the back

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Smaller court room

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Smaller court room

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Small court from side

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Small court from side

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Small room

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Small room

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Staircase

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Staircase

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Skylights

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Skylights

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Corridor

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Corridor

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Decaying cells below the court house

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Decaying cells below the court house

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Looking into one of the cells

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Looking into one of the cells

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Inside a cell

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Inside a cell

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Two cells

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Two cells

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Looking!

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Looking!

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Cell corridor

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Cell corridor

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Selfie in the prison cell area

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Selfie in the prison cell area

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Steps and doors

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Steps and doors

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Steps and columns

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Steps and columns

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Old columns and steps in a decaying room

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Old columns and steps in a decaying room

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Clock tower workings

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Clock tower workings

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Clock tower external

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Clock tower external

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - An elegant decaying staircase

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – An elegant decaying staircase

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Staircase detail

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Staircase detail

Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts - Decaying staircase

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Sheffield Old Town Hall and Crown Courts – Decaying staircase

Further Reading If you liked this report please also check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Sheffield Court reports on his website (he has quite a few!)

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