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Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield

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Sheffield Town Hall is a building in the City of Sheffield, England. The building is used by Sheffield City Council, and also contains a publicly displayed collection of silverware. The current building, Sheffield's fourth town hall, is located on Pinstone Street. It was designed by the London-based architect E. W. Mountford and constructed over a seven-year period from 1890 to 1897, opening on 21 May 1897. An extension designed by F. E. P. Edwards was completed in 1923.ExteriorThe design of the exterior echoed to a certain extent the architecture of the adjacent St. Paul's Church of 1720 (now demolished). During construction, the building was criticised for its expensive embellishments. The exterior is built of Stoke stone from the Stoke Hall Quarry in Grindleford, Derbyshire and is decorated with carvings by F. W. Pomeroy. The friezes depict the industries of Sheffield, and the 64 metre high clock-tower is surmounted by a statue of Vulcan. Bells were never installed in the clock-tower, but in 2002 an electronic bell sound system was added to provide hourly strikes and Westminster-style quarter chimes.The building was opened by Queen Victoria, using a remote control lock from her carriage. The turning of the key in the lock triggered a light in the building which was the signal for three concealed men to open the gates.
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  • I got married here in 2012, its so beautiful and there is so much history in this amazing building, everyone should take the time for a visit. Beware though it isn't always open to the public, if you ...  more »
  • My visit was only into the very limited areas the public are allowed into. It is a grand piece of architecture externally and as impressive internally. The are dispalys of civic siver and they are wor...  more »
  • Beautiful building, with lots going on. The main staircase is perfect for pics, and the whole place is a delight on the eye. I got civil partnered here a few years ago, so it has a special place in my...  more »
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  • Great architectural building with some nice stone work, well worth a visit if you are interested in architecture.
  • We had our wedding here and have to say that we could not choose better place
  • I visited this place once to submit appeal for my daughter school place offer. They solved it quickly
  • A beautiful British Victorian building with the history of the industrial revolution built into it. A true delight to see and look around. The stair case is grand in its materials but no in its style. A little tip - on the first floor, just by the central staircase, you go through a meeting room and then that's where the mens toilets are. These appear to be untouched in terms of fixture and fittings for decades, and they're a magnificent unexpected gem within this handsome building.
  • The fountains are a great touch to an other wise dull building