The Citadel, Sheffield, South Yorks, June 2020

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1. The History
Not too much history on this place. It was designed by William Gillbee Scott (1857-1930), who had conceived the Gower Street Memorial Chapel in London and located opposite John Lewis in the city centre. The foundation stones were laid in September 1892 and with construction completed by the end of 1893, the Citadel opened in January 1894 as the headquarters of the Salvation. and according to the application and cost £7,500 to build. The Castellated style red-brick building (complete with crenelated parapet with machicolations and a 3-stage square turret on stepped corbels) underwent some alterations in the 1950s. Internally, the key feature was its theatre-like auditorium with its ramped seating and gallery which could seat up to 1,800 people, along with its large central rooflight.

It was Grade II listed in December 1995 and four years later in 1999, the church moved its Sheffield headquarters to Sharrow in 1999 meaning the building has stood empty for just over 20 years.

The citadel become the location of protests in 2012 when 'Occupy Sheffield' took possession and renamed it 'The Citadel of Hope’ on the basis of a so-called ‘Section 6′ notice. There is also hope that the building can be repurposed. WMA Architects, on behalf of Tandem Properties, submitted full planning and listed building applications in October 2019 for work on The Citadel on Cross Burgess Street. Hence the interior of the four-storey building is set to be modernised to make it suitable for use as a food and drink establishment, while retaining its historic features.

2. The Explore
I’ve probably walked past this building and taken more externals of it than any other building. Ironically, I have never been inside. It’s occasionally popped up on here but access has been only occasional and fleeting. Hence finally being able to explore this once lockdown had eased was a big thing for me. Once in I had the place to myself bar a few of our feathered friends. The place is in pretty good nick and looks relatively dry. The façade of the building is one of the nicest in Sheffield and the main auditorium the main thing to see internally. I hope it does get repurposed successfully in a sympathetic manner, but it was really nice to see it after all these years.

3. The Pictures

Let’s kick off with a few external pics of the building’s wonderful façade:

49990963546_d93b3d5398_b.jpg 2020-06-10_10-12-20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

24393918949_58d4e2272c_b.jpg CCurbex6 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49990439333_c38bef2ec7_b.jpg 2020-06-10_10-11-37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30547096865_64226e66c3_b.jpg SallyA03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989482567_b8c0abd9a1_b.jpg Sally A 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And we’re in!

49989236001_8cf09732a3_b.jpg Sally A 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not sure that would go that far these days:

49989233321_b379175b1a_b.jpg Sally A 18 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Staircase up:

49988714708_cbd88ccb6d_b.jpg Sally A 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989261376_da742dfa04_b.jpg img6418 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This is the only bit stained glass I could find in the place:

49989506702_57962d3454_b.jpg img6419 by HughieDW, on Flickr

View of the stage in the morning light:

49989482267_42b5d422a8_b.jpg Sally A 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

View from the stage:

49989234406_4b366144e9_b.jpg Sally A 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Looking back up at the gallery:

49988716233_e82e9fca84_b.jpg Sally A 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989481032_7d23d2192a_b.jpg Sally A 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And that roof:

49989265271_ff6cd90da6_b.jpg img6412bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

Sound system:

49988751758_02c49869f9_b.jpg img6406 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A few from higher up:

49988716698_a4afa133a8_b.jpg Sally A 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989234746_017eaf13df_b.jpg Sally A 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The staircase down:

49988715588_49c4e06a32_b.jpg Sally A 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989509907_3aa1bce268_b.jpg img6414 by HughieDW, on Flickr

There’s not much in there but there is this old safe:

49989233471_8782bb8df8_b.jpg Sally A 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989266236_d96c4c6cf6_b.jpg img6411 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989513487_be3a67edeb_b.jpg img6410 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988748673_cbd8512896_b.jpg img6409bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989273611_f16f582a62_b.jpg img6402 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Beautiful place mate and nicely documented as always. Heard it's sealed now

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