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Thread: Claremont House, Loxley, South Yorkshire, December 2019

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Claremont House, Loxley, South Yorkshire, December 2019

    1. The History
    Claremont House is a large, stone built former dwelling and outbuildings, standing in grounds of approximately 1.4 hectares of land. The building was last used as a social club for employees of the nearby Hepworths Refractories, but since has been vacant for many years. Originally built in 1895, the Victorian mansion is now at the point of no return. The roof and most of the internal walls have now gone leaving a shell remaining. It was built by James Swift, owner of the famous firebrick manufacturer, Swift Bros. In the 1920ís and 30ís it was the home of fishmonger George Bott and his wife Emily. His shop was located in Woodseats and back in those days it would have been a considerable daily commute for Mr Bott. Latterly, Thomas Marshall and his family occupied Claremont House through the 1940s and into the late 1960s. After he died in 1965 after he collided with a wagon down the nearby lane, the family moved out and it eventually became the offices of Thomas Marshallís sports & social club.

    Claremont House in happier days:

    Claremont 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    After being used as the social club, the old house was sold off in the early nineties by a Mr Singh. In 1994 his application to convert the property into a home for the mentally infirm was accepted. The offer was conditional, and Singh applied for renewals in 1999 and 2004. A subsequent application was made for six apartments in 2010. It was rejected, and the place has rapidly gone downhill and now is no more than a shell.

    2. The Explore
    Often have a looking in here when Iím in the area. This time was having a nose round Hepworth brickworks so popped in. The place is a walk in. There is evidence of a spate of previous activity here but now the place is completely abandoned. There were some old cars here, but they have been moved and theyíve put up some new (and totally ineffectual) Heras fencing up. Thereís not much to see and only the shell of the house is left. Itís now beyond saving and eventually will just fall down leaving another bit of Sheffield lost, just like the near-by Loxley chapel that burnt down a couple of years or so ago. Work did start on the adjoining cottage next to it and a temporary roof put on it. But this project was abandoned too, leaving the site in limbo. Thereís also a large number of informational signage round the back which is a bit random.

    3. The Pictures

    The house itself. There appears to have been a renewed effort to seal it up. Canít think why:

    img4600 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The place really is just a shell now:

    img4601 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Loxley 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside is pretty ropey:

    img4603 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9481 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9477 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the stable style building that has had some work done on it:

    img4617 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4618 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And a garage stuffed full of things:

    Loxley 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Including a bit of vintage urbex photography:

    img4608 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Loxley 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Outside thereís all this random signage laying around:

    img4609 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This old green house is quite photogenic:

    Loxley 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure what this random stone is:

    img4621 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And finally, of course, the obligatory supermarket shopping trolley:

    img4616 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan, Mearing, RedX_unleashed, The Wombat, thorfrun
  4. #2
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Aberdeen, Scotland


    Image 4621 could that be the position of an underground power cable. Maybe someone will tell me different. That house is in a terrible state. If there is a rebuild of the house then a copy of the architects plans would be needed.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

  5. #3
    Join Date
    May 2017


    Gloriously grim, great stuff :)

  6. Thanks given by: HughieD

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