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  1. According to news article they are old farm buildings.
  2. Working as part of Joined up Heritage on data collection. Turns out the local list is lost somewhere in Council files and Council's own at Risk register hasn't been done since 2009. So we are compiling our own Local list and our own at Risk register. So this doesn't just mean buildings that Historic England has seen fit in past to allow to be listed but any buildings we in Sheffield feel are important to the historic character of an area or the history of the city as a whole (including those that will be in the new devolved area) Also includes Parks, woodlands, weirs and Dams. Also including conservation areas and archaeological sites and wildlife sites. So if you think something should be on either list as locally important or at risk of being lost. Can you please help by either compiling a list on the Sheffield History forum or sending me details ie where they are and photos of their condition if relevant? email me at or DM me through the forum. The plus side of us compiling our own list is that we own it and it won't disappear into some file somewhere. Also looking at the number of listed buildings that are commercially used. Ideally would be able to estimate the number of jobs these buildings supply but is going to be a difficult one as in my experience asking businesses online is very hit and miss. At moment I am cataloguing every listed building that is in commercial use or community use. (There is quite obviously a large number of fine and historic buildings that aren't listed but should be which contribute to the economy of the city) This is a big job so any keen photographers and concerned historians please help us. Hopefully when we have this data we can look to drawing up neighbourhood plans and designating some buildings as community assets. It will also help us when we draw up the heritage strategy and look for funding where needed. This has never been done in Sheffield before and is high time it was. Left to the Council and Historic England the emphasis has been on late 18th and 19th century cutlery making, leaving put both the ancient heritage and the more recent heritage such as music industry. If we make our own plan and strategy the emphasis will be on what we find important to preserve. Of course we then have to sell it to the Council but I do think attitudes are shifting on that one.
  3. It is listed as an old Farmhouse in Sheffield Council description of the area.
  4. Thats the hierarchy of Sheffield University not the academic body who were against the Jessop demolition. Even members of the senate were against it as was the school of architecture who wrote a scathing article against it. Also Sheffield University gave us finance and Hallam hosted.
  5. It might look like that but we had Wincobank as principle speakers and wide representation. Part of the discussion there was how can we make it relevant to the teenager from a council house estate. The conference has really opened eyes. National Trust was very impressed. Its a beginning. Its nowhere near the end. We have plans to spread word through schools but that takes funding and our present bid was rejected. We will try again of course.
  6. Please help us make this go viral. More people see this the better.
  7. Personally I don't think the airport was a useful expenditure. Commercially was a disaster. Would have been better spent improving rail links to Manchester airport. Most people who want to travel internationally go to Manchester. Done it myself a few times. I'm amazed that Doncaster manages to survive. Always been Sheffield Council's problem, they think if they don't have the same things as other cities like Manchester, they have to have them and think suddenly everyone is going to change their way of doing things and flock to Sheffield. What is needed is more to push what is different in Sheffield from other cities not to clone it and take out its soul.
  8. Following a very successful conference we had our first post conference meeting and even though it was a work day we had 30 people turn up to take things forward. What do we want? Have a look please and like if you do. We have come further re protection of Sheffield's heritage than we have ever come before but the battle is by no means won. Council attitudes need to shift from seeing Heritage at best a vanity project and at worst something that gets in the way of progress.
  9. Sorry to hear that. Hope you can still be there and question them.
  10. Good Will see you there then.
  11. The Heritage conference was a great success and has a lot of people keen to get out and do things. It has also raised the profile of Sheffield's heritage far higher than I ever thought possible with just one event. However we need to keep pushing and make sure we don't lose this momentum. We have a chance as Historians to bring the issues of how we use and protect our city's unique qualities to advantage. No point in making a shopping centre that excludes half Sheffield's population through price and doesn't encourage visitors because it looks like every other failed shopping centre. That's one issue anyway but there is the big issue as to how we protect our culture against Central governments changes in planning laws which could fast track planning permission and ignore local issues. I am not asking you to make any political alliances just to go and ask questions such as "Given the push for more houses and changes in planning laws how would you protect the aspects of Sheffield that makes us a unique city with a unique history?" Details of hustings are from Sheffield For Democracy Local elections in Sheffield May 2016 What do the Parties stand for? Tuesday 26 April 7pm Quaker Meeting House, St James Street Sheffield S1 2EW Six political parties are invited to tell us what they plan for Sheffield, and to answer you questions Chair: Professor Leni Oglesby OBE Confirmed attendance: Cllr Mazher Iqbal Labour Cllr Colin Ross Lib Dem Cllr Robert Murphy Green Party Also invited: Conservative Party Trade Union & Socialist Coalition UKIP When Hastings pier group went out to Council hustings they found that having people raise questions there really changed people's attitudes.
  12. We have been very ambitious with this. We moved to a bigger venue due to demand. Not as scenic as originally planned but we have room for more delegates and exhibitors. So there are places are available and there are a couple of tables still available for exhibitors. We have some National organisations exhibiting as well as local organisations. We have attempted to get as representative group of exhibitors from the local organisers (not just Victorian Cutlery factories). We also have some influential people from Sheffield Council coming as well as Nationally influential people. But most of all we need you. We need a good strong enthusiastic voice for Sheffield's Heritage. If we are strong enough we can influence City planning. We have already had a number of talks and are continuing to talk but we need to be able to represent everybody not just ourselves. We need you to come so we can hear your opinions and so we can show both Council and Outsiders that there are many people who care about Sheffield. We kept the price as low as possible and have included food as part of the price. Places are beginning to fill so best to book soon.
  13. Was this building originally a works before it was a Coop?
  14. Things are changing, partly because necessity is the mother of invention. They need us to fill the gaps in funding.
  15. The oldest gravestone I know is within Norton Church. They removed it from the graveyard I think. It doesn't have a date but there is good reason to think it is an early Christian gravestone.