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    Default Loxley Chapel, Sheffield, November 2015.


    It’s taken me a long time to get round to seeing this place but see it I did. It’s very sad to see a listed building in this sorry state with the owners ambivalent to its fate. What makes the plight of places like this so tragic is the fact than many people’s loved ones are buried here. It’s quite a well-known place with a history so here it is…

    The Chapel was built in 1787 by the Rev Benjamin Greaves (the then curate of Bradfield) together with some of his associates. Shortly after its completion consecration was refused because builders would, for some unknown reason, not install an east-facing window. It was eventually sold at auction for the princely sum of £315 and so became an independent chapel. A decade later it started performing baptisms in 1799 and the first officer of the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was apparently christened here. Notably a significant number of the 240 dead from the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 are buried in the cemetery. This includes members the Armitage family, who tragically lost 12 of their number, including five children. Here's what the chapel looked like in the later 1800's:

    Loxley Chapel by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Latterly the chapel became known as the Loxley United Reformed. It is a Grade II listed building and has been on English Heritage at risk register since August 1985, prior to its closure in 1993 after the congregation had reached an unsustainable level. The chapel is apparently to be owned by Hague Farming of Bradfield (who also own Canon Brewery, Thornsett Lodge and the Hallam Tower Hotel – spot a trend here?) One major issue is that while the current owner has freehold possession, the grave plots still belong to the respective families of the dead.

    Here are the pictures.

    Making my way through the graveyard;

    img2621 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The chapel soon appears on this very fresh morning:

    img2614 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the not-so-bright locals have got here before me:

    img2553 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Gravestones abound:

    img2613 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2555 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some grander than others:

    img2611 by
    HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK – in we go. Here’s the altar:

    img2561 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Why do people smash-up stained-glass windows?

    img2562 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In memory of…

    img2565 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2563 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up the stairs we go:

    img2569 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pew No.4:



    img2581 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pews with a view upstairs:

    img2603 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2585 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    No, I didn’t go up the ladder:

    img2571 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The magnificent organ:

    img2583 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pipes in good order, keys not so good:

    img2575 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2605 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The stops are somewhere in the middle:

    img2576 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Architectural detail:

    img2610 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The bible room has seen better days:

    img2598 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2593 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Old engraving on the floor:

    img2599 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Meeting room at the back:

    img2590 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2591 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cute back-room stove:

    img2600 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The ‘arty’ shot:

    img2601 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK, not strictly urbex but it was Halloween!

    img2623 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!
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    Nice set of shots from here
    another one for my Sheffield To Do list
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    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    Nice set of shots from here
    another one for my Sheffield To Do list
    Cheers Mr.Wombat. Get yourself over. This place had a history of being on then off and it is currently on.

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    Excellent report and images.I don't think I would go up the ladder even if I was paid !!

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    Wow HughieD! What a great place! Very nice photos and a perfect end shot :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Excellent report and images.I don't think I would go up the ladder even if I was paid !!
    Cheers mate. My friend who went round there DID go up the ladder and he said it was a bit wobbly!

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    Wow HughieD! What a great place! Very nice photos and a perfect end shot :)
    Cheers Rubex. That spider's web was just asking to be shot!

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    Fantastic set of images, great write up too. Thanks for sharing :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Fantastic set of images, great write up too. Thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers mate!

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    Nicely done as ever, there's a lot here I've not seen on other posts. You can't beat a pew with a view!:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sludden View Post
    Nicely done as ever, there's a lot here I've not seen on other posts. You can't beat a pew with a view!:)
    Cheers Sludden. Yes...a pew with a view! And the view from the pew was rather nice was Can't beat it.

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