March 18, 2013 0

Sheffield Courthouse (UK)

What’s this, a UK explore?! How rare.

Back in the UK for a few days, i decided to visit one of the popular explores in my home town of Sheffield. I’ve been meaning to visit here for a while but like it always seems to happen i just never had the time.

It’s hard to see why this location is SO popular at the moment though, the lol’access almost made me think “fu%k that” but, i was there, i might as well.. some broken bones aren’t that bad?.. right?

The courtrooms are what make this explore different from others, perhaps this is a reason why it’s popular, either way i enjoyed my visit albeit a little overdue.

Site History

It started off in 1808 as a Town Hall and courts for the Petty Sessions (now known as Magistrates’ Courts) and Quarter Sessions.

The city was growing enormously at this time. In 1866 it had to be extended by the Sheffield architects Flockton and Abbott. The firm of architects also built the police offices just across from the courthouse, at the back of Castle Green, at the same time. Incidentally these might be brought back into use as Police offices.

By the 1890s the building had become too small again and a whole new Town Hall was built on Pinstone Street which opened in 1897 around the time that Sheffield was given city status.

From then on the building on Waingate became an even larger courthouse and the police court. The law quarter of Sheffield is still based around this area, with the current Law Courts and many solicitors offices in this area too. It remained a courthouse and police court until the late 1990s when Sheffield High Court and Sheffield Crown Court moved to new premises behind the High Street.

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