THIS is Sheffield! April-June 2018

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HughieD

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Introduction
Not really a report on an individual place as such. More a report on the state of things in Sheffield right now. Sheffield used to be a bit of a tourist destination for urbexers. However this has changed in recent years and months. Some sites have been knocked down, others redeveloped and some sealed tight. Hence the purpose of this report is just to bring people up-to-date on the Steel City.

1. The Farfield Inn
Many pubs have come and gone. This place has always been empty and sealed tight and this is still very much the case.

42669334412_33a1ffdbbf_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. The Cannon Brewery
This place was a staple for urbexers coming to Sheffield for some time. Big, trashed but with easy access, report-after-report appeared on this place. A year or so ago this changed and with talk of demolition, the Heras fences were replaced with razor-wire and previous entry-points boarded up. Access, of course, changes and recently circumstances have altered to make this place doable again, albeit on a temporary basis.

40919647570_a71e4a01c1_b.jpg img7852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27849369417_b592226cbf_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

28844435488_439262dd84_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27849432367_fbeffda62a_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

3. Sheffield Ski Village
Nearby is Sheffield’s former artificial ski slope. After a series of fires the place closed its doors. I looked round here back in March 2013 and there was still plenty to see. I very recently revisited only to find few clues about this place’s former use:

27860996367_aba6eefbab_b.jpg img7854 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42680648902_af2b85bcc7_b.jpg img7856 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42680597402_6de73fa488_b.jpg img7858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

28856389448_9326eb1e74_b.jpg img7861 by HughieDW, on Flickr

28856348148_8b607eccc4_b.jpg img7862 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42012050604_fae4034ce2_b.jpg img7864 by HughieDW, on Flickr

4. Park Hill Flats
Another place that used to be pretty much a walk-in. Although some of the flats have been refurbished by Urban Splash, the redevelopment of the rest of the complex now looks like a distant promise. Up have gone the palisade fences topped off with anti-climb paint.

42718482671_65f8c577a9_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42718451091_4dab0e9e10_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 25 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27849824777_31e81f1170_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 26 by HughieDW, on Flickr

5. George Barnsleys/Wharncliffe Works
Once the biggest draw card in Sheffield, these former tool-makers premises are now pretty much off the menu. The site has been cleared and previous entrance point made inaccessible. Its next door neighbour, Wharncliffe works, is currently beening cleared and is now scaffold-ed as renovation work commences.

41818313205_86afbd09bb_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

41818285885_f2d3050226_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

6. Williams Fasteners
In the Kelham island area, development has gone on at a pace. Globe Works survived. Sadly this place was a casualty. This is all I could spy that is left:

27849247367_3fdb4a06ee_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

7. Woollen Signs
Still standing but sealed tight as a gnat’s chuff, this will explain why you have seen no recent reports from here:

42669149812_0759199f42_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

8. The Former town Hall/ Law Courts
Still awaiting sale to a serious developer who will take this Grade II listed building on. The famous up-and-over entry got sealed a while back. Now the place is off the circuit for the time being and for externals only.

41989162064_3053be2e10_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27849007927_15e01441e0_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

40897393200_b7d126a0b5_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

41989034774_cf587f720c_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 23 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27838475527_2b306ea8ff_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27838500927_1ac2d6f009_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 21 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42658363562_14f299dbf9_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

9. Former Sunwin House
The occasional report came up for this place. Fewer in recent years as security tightened up. Now it is almost no more, reduced to rubble by the new plans to develop the city centre:

28833658018_7763d194a5_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 18 by HughieDW, on Flickr

27838637367_f5e0dbbe18_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42658432632_9202c756a6_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

10. Ridgway Tools
The good news is that this place is still doable. The bad news is that won’t be for much longer as there are plans to demolish it.

41989229084_6b05bf7b90_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

42658471152_9b1cda60fb_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

41807996815_8e7aa0f62f_b.jpg Sheffield Walkabout 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Other sites:
EON House, City Centre (dem’o’d), Hallam Tower hotel (demo’ed), Loxley Chapel (burnt down), Dyson Refractories (demo’ed), Firth Brown Underground Medical Centre (unsure on status), The Tramshed (still accessible), Megatron (still accessible).
 
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Well I liked it, such difference and variance among most of the places shown, but certainly shows how things are changing :)
ps you missed the underground hospital ;)

Cheers MB. Doesn't it just?
Mentioned the Underground Medical Centre briefly. Not sure what the crack is here. Not seen a report for a while and something has gone on there. Entry was always a challenge and think it may have got even more difficult.
 

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Interesting report that mate. Glad I got to see some of these when there where still doable. Like MB said, it goes to show how things change.
 

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Interesting report that mate. Glad I got to see some of these when there where still doable. Like MB said, it goes to show how things change.

Cheers mate. So true that.

Nice little mixture there HughieD :) I really like the peely paint in picture 25 - great shot!

Cheers Rubex. Sadly an outside-looking-in picture. Still yet to see this place.
 

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Thanks, a really useful thread and like you say it underlines how things change over the years. Like others I've explored a few of the sites listed, tried a few more without success, and seen things change each time I've been in Sheff. I wonder which city will become the next hotspot …
 

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Lovely stuff mate.been a lot of them.sheffield is changing so much
 

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love those images - lots of memories from my younger days at college in the 90s

quite some change going on down there now - should visit again soon before everything gets demo'd!

thanks
 

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Managed to get inside the Courthouse 2 weeks ago however I wasn't inside for long after having a little walk inside and hearing a shout and being threatened with the police
 

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I miss the good old days of Sheffield... remember starting out here & visiting all the sites mentioned... proper urbexing, poignant buildings, graffed up with some beauties... last time we visited we had a look at Stanley tools (sadly no entry)... it’s good to see some regeneration going on but as you pointed out it’s took some great explores with it... Cheers HughieD
 

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I miss the good old days of Sheffield... remember starting out here & visiting all the sites mentioned... proper urbexing, poignant buildings, graffed up with some beauties... last time we visited we had a look at Stanley tools (sadly no entry)... it’s good to see some regeneration going on but as you pointed out it’s took some great explores with it... Cheers HughieD

Cheers LBE. Shame Stanley Tools is a no go as I've never seen it.
 

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