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1 Castle Street. In 1881 William Shaper and by 1901 Thomas Browning. (Kelly's and White's directories)

1881

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1901

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leksand

There were two Imperial Hotels in Sheffield in 1897, though your artefact does refer to the one on Castle Street. It was a relatively short lived establishment, first licensed in 1874 as a "first class hotel". During WWI it was used (and seemingly taken over) by the Ministry of Munitions. The licence was not renewed in 1918 after it had ceased to operate as a licensed premises in September 1917.

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In it's application for licence it was stated to contain "46 bedrooms and on the first floor were commercial, dining, smoking, and coffee rooms, and on the ground floor a first-class luncheon bar had been fitted up. The furniture and fittings of the house were of a most superior character and had cost £3,500. The site had cost £3,400, the building £5,000."

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