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    OK, this is a bit of a different one and an on-going project of mine. Over the last year or so I’ve tried to document all the pubs in Sheffield that have closed. And there have been a lot of them. Very rarely can you have a look round them as most are boarded shut. Hence look away internal picture fans as these are all externals. This is the first instalment.

    One thing that becomes apparent is how hard the recession has hit pubs. With peoples' disposable income going down the alternative of cheap off-licence booze meant many pubs found their clientelle declining and many closed as a consequence.

    People don’t just go to pubs to booze though. There is a sense of community in a lot of the local pubs. As a result these places of social interaction have been lost. Some have found alternative uses, few have been sold and re-opened. The majority stand empty and are slowly deteriorating.


    1. The Red Lion, Park Hill. Current Status: empty/for sale



    Pub01c by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Parkway Tavern, Park Hill. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub02a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    3. The Link, Park Hill. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub03a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    4. The New Inn, Park Hill. Current Status: empty/for sale

    Pub04c by HughieDW, on Flickr

    5. The Durham Ox, Park Hill. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub05a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    6. Ye Old Harrow, Park Hill. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub06d by HughieDW, on Flickr

    7. The Matilda Tavern, City Centre. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub07b by HughieDW, on Flickr

    8. The New Inn, Carbrook. Current Status: refurbished as office accommodation

    Pub08a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    9. The Earl of Arundel, City Centre. Current Status: re-fitted and opened as a bike shop. Note: scene of a very early Arctic Monkey’s gig

    Pub09a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    10. The Tramway, London Road. Current Status: boarded up/derelict

    Pub10a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    11. The Farefield Inn (a.k.a. The Owl), Neepsend. Current Status: boarded up

    Pub11a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    12. The Bell Hagg Inn, Crosspool. Current Status: being converted into accommodation.

    Pub12a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    13. The Cannon, Castle Market. Current Status: boarded up/To Let

    Pub13a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    14. The Wentworth, Carbrook. Current Status: re-opened

    Pub14a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    15. The Norfolk Arms, Brightside. Current Status: boarded up/To let

    Pub15a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    16. The Woodbourne Hotel, Neepsend. Current Status: empty

    Pub16a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    17. The Ball Inn, Darnall. Current Status: boarded up/For sale

    Pub17a by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Sadly plenty more where these came from. A second instalment coming some time in the future.

    Thanks for looking!
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    That certainly is something different. Have you been inside any of them at all?

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    Some of them when they were open! Now without exception they are all sealed shut.

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    Thats fair enough. Thats quite alot of pubs to shut in one area!

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    And there's the same number to come again. Real shame as once closed there's little chance they will reopen as a pub. Many aren't all that architecturally noteworthy but some like the last one (no.17) are.

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    yeah, No. 17 is stunning, real shame about some of these great looking buildings

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    I like projects like these, they're quite valuable as a record of social history.

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    Great view of past public houses a collection like this is priceless,its sad but the West Midlands is very much the same and so many of these watering holes have just disappeared.

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    A great project, and some great pics there. It's a sad reflection of modern economics that so many pubs are closing these days. It's a long time since pubs were purpose-built; the likes of numbers 8 and 17 won't ever be seen again.

    Warning: do not stare at a laser beam with your remaining good eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansworld View Post
    A great project, and some great pics there. It's a sad reflection of modern economics that so many pubs are closing these days. It's a long time since pubs were purpose-built; the likes of numbers 8 and 17 won't ever be seen again.
    Agreed Alan. At least 8. has found an alternative use allbeit not as the purpose it was originally built for. No.17 is particularly stunning building but very unlikely to return as a pub given where it is in Sheffield.

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