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    Wasn’t planning on going to this place and less so do a report on it but happened to be passing so had a shufty. Didn’t even have my proper camera with me so these are phone pictures. I had enough that came out OK so thought I put a mini-report together. Don’t think the place has even been covered on here before. It is sealed tight so only externals. Nether-the-less, an interesting place and of architectural merit (it was Grade II Listed in 1995). The place in question is Tapton Court in the up-market Ranmoor suburb of Sheffield (just behind the Hallam Towers hotel). It was built for John Henry Andrew, the steel manufacturer, circa 1868. Mr Andrew was head of the firm of Messrs. John H. Andrew & Co. who had their Toledo Steel Works in Neepsend, Sheffield. He was born in Sheffield in 1824 and died on the 6th September 1884. Here it is pictured in 1915:

    Tapton Court by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure of the history up until the second world war, however it appears to have been acquire by the NHS and converted to Tapton Court Royal Hospital Nurses Home at some part in the first half of the 1900s. Here’s an archive picture from 1940:

    Tapton Court 1940 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In recent times it was acquired by Sheffield University and used as a hall of residence. It has been empty now for some time and is pretty much secured (Sheff Uni don’t mess around!). Some references I’ve seen refer to fire damage. Clearly it doesn’t seem to fit with the university’s accommodation policy and is probably surplus to requirements given the massive newly-built Ranmoor Hall of Residence just over the road to it. Can’t find what is planned for the site and it’s been empty and sealed-up for some time.

    Anyhow…here’s the photos and excuse the quality please!

    Viewed from the West:

    Ranmoor13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and through the trees:



    Ranmoor08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some lovely carved stone balcony work:

    Ranmoor04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Balustrade detail:

    Ranmoor14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Stone roses!

    Ranmoor06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The old conservatory:

    Ranmoor10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The later addition to the north of the original building:

    Ranmoor09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ranmoor03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by HughieD; 4th Jun 16 at 10:25.

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    Not bad photos - even with a phone. I think you'll need a tin opener to get in.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    A nice bit of Victoriana that,I wonder why the top of the tower was altered so drastically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    Not bad photos - even with a phone. I think you'll need a tin opener to get in.
    Ha ha...you're not wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    A nice bit of Victoriana that,I wonder why the top of the tower was altered so drastically?
    I was thinking that too...

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    thats a shame you couldn't find away in Hughie, you done a good job with your phone tho.

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    Nice looking building bet you were curious to see inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Nice looking building bet you were curious to see inside.
    Too right Flyboys. Passed here before and don't remember it being quite so sealed shut. Can't remember any other reports on this place either.

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    My great grandad worked here as head gardener from about 1902 to 1916. It was owned at the time by Mr Steel of Steel, Peach and Tozer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobajob Rob View Post
    My great grandad worked here as head gardener from about 1902 to 1916. It was owned at the time by Mr Steel of Steel, Peach and Tozer.
    Nice bit of info Bobajob....bet he would turn in his grave if he saw the state of the gardens now :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    Not bad photos - even with a phone. I think you'll need a tin opener to get in.
    Going equipped, that's a big no no

    I liked that, Nicely Done, Thanks
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