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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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  • Elegant, even perhaps a bit over the top, town hall from the Victorian/beaux arts era with busy modern peace gardens. You can enter the lobby but there are no tours or access to the rest of the buildi...  more »
  • Sheffield Town Hall has some beautiful architectural features. I know the building extremely well, having been all round it, and even on the roof. I called in on Saturday to show a friend the entrance...  more »
  • Although I've passed by Sheffield Town Hall numerous times and have spent time looking at the various architectural details and the frieze sculpture by F.W. Pomeroy on the main façade – which depicts ...  more »
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  • It's a functioning council building but it's possible to see the magnificent entrance hall, stairs and small exhibition of Sheffield silver. Worth noting the exterior reliefs, showing the trades that made the city so prosperous. It must rank as one of the most impressive Victorian Town Hall buildings in the country.
  • Lovely building. Nice seating area outside, and great place outside for some photography. Right in the heart of Sheffield, easy to get to from the Sheffield Station.
  • Classic town hall that stands out in the centre of the city. The fountains and small square compliment it well. Be sure to pop inside the entrance to see the Italian marble staircase.
  • Quick facts 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.Wikipedia
  • Great architectural building with some nice stone work, well worth a visit if you are interested in architecture.

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Offering variety at every corner, Sheffield boasts stylish hotels in the buzzing city center, quaint country inns in the rolling countryside, and comfortable B&Bs near the city's major roads. To enjoy both urban amenities and picturesque country scenery, book your lodgings in the quiet suburbs. From there, you can easily access all of the area's major attractions using Sheffield's convenient transport networks. If you are travelling on a budget, explore the varied world of Sheffield's self-catering facilities, where you can get all the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel at a fraction of the cost.
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