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William John Hale, Architect

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Local architects were important in Sheffield as, prior to the middle of the twentieth century, only a handful of buildings were designed by architects from outside the city. The large local practices associated with the Flocktons and the Hadfields did much of the prestigious work in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries while C. J. Innocent and Hemsoll & Paterson produced some distinctive work. However, few other local architects produced work of sufficient originality to enable it to be immediately identifiable, in the way that we can recognise a house by Shaw or Voysey or a church by Butterfield or Pearson.

An important exception was William John Hale (1862-1929) whose body of work, although small, has a quality that makes it stand out from the merely competent. Hale took elements of the fashionable Arts and CraftsGlossary Term and Art NouveauGlossary Term styles and tailored them to conservative Sheffield tastes, producing buildings that were efficient, distinctive and attractive.

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