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  1. While I was looking for the old papermill dam in Ecclesfield I came upon this old building. It is just across from Jinnah restaurant just up from Whitley Lane. I asked on the Ecclesfield and Chapeltown through time site and they said it was once a coaching inn and called the Plough. Before that they said Colt Lane Farm. Anyone got any more details about its history?
  2. When I was looking for information for Herdings because the landowners ie were Chaworth, Foljambe, Roos, and Babbington the early info is in the Nottingham archives under Derby Notts. In earlier times the area was under the Sheriff of Nottingham. So might be worth looking at what you can find in Nottingham catalogues.
  3. I have found since that Yorkshire TV did use that site on Wincobank Hill and then BBC took over. The information is on a BBC site so no reason to believe they have got it wrong. A Friend of Wincobank told me they brought up a vehicle hence why they believed that was reason for 2 lines of cobbles. However I think the two lines of cobbles were laid in WW1 so they could bring up the big gun.
  4. It isn't but the old post office is now looking great, funding has been awarded for a IT hub in the old Castle Coop. And we don't need Tony because Sheffield University Architect students have come up with their own cunning plan which hopefully we can get going. Won't happen overnight of course. A lot of hard work and fundraising to do.
  5. PRESS NOTICE FRIENDS OF THE OLD TOWN HALL A new charity devoted to regenerating Sheffield’s Old Town Hall and preserving the heritage of the Castlegate Quarter of the city is to be set up with Heritage Lottery Fund support. The Friends of the Old Town Hall, who have been campaigning for two years to raise awareness of the poor state of the Old Town Hall in Waingate and to press for its restoration, have been awarded £7,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the setting up of a new charitable trust. The Castlegate Preservation Trust will focus on preserving the heritage of Castlegate as a whole, and as a priority seek to acquire the Old Town Hall and get it back into productive use after 20 years of neglect. Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding will enable the Friends of the Old Town Hall to get professional advice on its business plan and funding strategy, and to train the trustees of the charity. The Friends have already applied to the Charity Commission to register the new Trust and hope this will be complete before the end of the year. The Trust will aim to preserve whatever of architectural and historical value remains in the area, to help people appreciate the value of the heritage there and to support the local community and its involvement in heritage. It also aims to use restoration work on heritage buildings, and especially the Old Town Hall, as a means of developing the skills and education of local people working on these projects. ‘Castlegate is hugely important in Sheffield’s history’, said Friends’ chair Valerie Bayliss. ‘This is the old town, the place where the city began. It played a big part in Sheffield’s civic and community development and its history deserves to be better-known. People see it as a run-down, unattractive area and maybe don’t realise it contains around 18 listed buildings and structures and another 14 of real heritage value. That’s a wonderful basis for heritage-led regeneration. We are already talking to the City Council and others about developing plans co-operatively. But the Old Town Hall has to be our priority. It’s a grubby, neglected ugly duckling of a place when it should be a swan. And it’s probably the key to getting Castlegate on the move again. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for giving us the means to take a big step forward’. Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “With increasing threats to our historic buildings it is important for local groups and communities to come together to raise awareness of, and protect our built heritage. This project will give The Friends the opportunity to build their capacity to better manage and protect this historic area of Sheffield. The Friends of the Old Town Hall have applied to establish the Castlegate Preservation Trust as a charitable incorporated organisation, The Friends’ organisation will continue alongside the Trust, as a campaigning organisation. Hopefully this is just the start of Sheffield Community taking control of our history. With Friends of Sheffield Castle having a high profile patron Tony Robinson we can promote and protect the birthplace of Sheffield and from there with the Joined Up Heritage Consortium across the city.
  6. Some previous unseen photos. Said its going to be wet on Saturday so could be a pleasant way to spend Saturday?
  7. Nice photo. Where does it come from and when was it taken? Also are there any more. The Historian who was listing cruck structures said there were other buildings.
  8. Noticed while coming back from shopping that building had date on its drainpipe. Started me wondering about former history because judging by doorway it has had to be either pub or shop, Is near end of London Road.
  9. Not on the tythe list. The owner in 1806 is Samuel Linley. The Herdings wood and plantations belonged to William Bagshawe. Unless there is error in transcription.
  10. Thanks that's really interesting I know Wood mentioned owned a lot of Norton farm land as have come across the name before in connection with Hemsworth I think.
  11. What does anyone know of Herdings Farmhouse when it was a farm. I believe the farmer was called EW Marsh and left in the late 1950s early 1960s. Are there any maps that show all the farm buildings and any more detail about the Marsh family. The Herdings building now a community centre are hoping to trace the history of the building and the farm.
  12. According to news article they are old farm buildings.
  13. 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.
  14. It is listed as an old Farmhouse in Sheffield Council description of the area.