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Tapton Court, Sheffield, June 2016

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HughieD

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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:

26844617603_1620549cc0_z.jpgTapton 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:

27451984055_46d2631370_z.jpgTapton 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:

26841986284_45c7778dbc_b.jpgRanmoor13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27380029091_4386f35049_b.jpgRanmoor01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…and through the trees:

27451537215_30a7b61895_b.jpgRanmoor08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27352245202_ac9982acab_b.jpgRanmoor02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Some lovely carved stone balcony work:

27175071840_e803efd9a1_b.jpgRanmoor04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Balustrade detail:

27451613965_e63dc72efe_b.jpgRanmoor14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

26844190583_dc4c225162_b.jpgRanmoor12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27417226716_702f7bb4d6_b.jpgRanmoor11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Stone roses!

26842120064_7ab94596a7_b.jpgRanmoor06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27417316796_d4e3646b7f_b.jpgRanmoor05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The old conservatory:

27352120392_36c94c5995_b.jpgRanmoor10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The later addition to the north of the original building:

27417247896_627ac014dc_b.jpgRanmoor09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27352173272_f649771c61_b.jpgRanmoor07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27379990701_81fc085f70_b.jpgRanmoor03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
 
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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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A nice bit of Victoriana that,I wonder why the top of the tower was altered so drastically?

According to some old records the tower roof was hit by lightning and the roof timber damaged/destroyed by fire, but another source says it was a fire in the tower chimney.

Do not denigrate your photographs, they are more than adequate and better than some I have seen taken with a 'proper' camera. The 'full kit' was my everyday tool when I was working, but I rarely use it now as the phone camera is perfectly good enough for everyday images. The other thing is that it is always on your person (unless you left it in the pub last night!), one has to make an effort to lug a camera kit around and full size cameras do get in the way when falling through windows etc. It really comes down to having 'an eye' for the subject and taking the relevant images to tell or illustrate the story you are telling. Your excellent images tell an intelligent story about this place, which along with the historic images says it all for me. Thanks!
 

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That's quite a place! Shame you couldn't get in but it's a great set of externals. I would never have guessed these pics were taken on your phone!
 

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That's quite a place! Shame you couldn't get in but it's a great set of externals. I would never have guessed these pics were taken on your phone!

Cheers mate. I've now changed phone so would have been even better. Been to a place recently and the phone pix were better than my SLR in the low-light!
 
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According to some old records the tower roof was hit by lightning and the roof timber damaged/destroyed by fire, but another source says it was a fire in the tower chimney.

Do not denigrate your photographs, they are more than adequate and better than some I have seen taken with a 'proper' camera. The 'full kit' was my everyday tool when I was working, but I rarely use it now as the phone camera is perfectly good enough for everyday images. The other thing is that it is always on your person (unless you left it in the pub last night!), one has to make an effort to lug a camera kit around and full size cameras do get in the way when falling through windows etc. It really comes down to having 'an eye' for the subject and taking the relevant images to tell or illustrate the story you are telling. Your excellent images tell an intelligent story about this place, which along with the historic images says it all for me. Thanks!

You're very kind Dirus!
 
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