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ceejam
27-01-2011, 04:39 PM
Visited with Evilnoodle and Judderman.

As this was a Sheffield explore, I would like to dedicate this to the memory of Mark aka Mozaz, 0742

Built in 1787, by Rev Benjamin Greaves, curate of Bradfield, and a few friends.
It is grade 2 listed and has been on English Heritage at risk register since August 1985.

It closed in 1993

When it was completed, consecration was refused because the builders declined to put in an east window, this was possibly them running out of funds. It was later sold at auction for 315 and became an independant chapel.

According to a religious census of 1851, an average congregation at an afternoon service was 200.

It started performing baptisms in 1799. One famous person baptised here was Henry Tingle Wilde, who was first officer on Titanic, who reportedly commited suicide in the last moments of her sinking.

The cemetery contains the graves of victims of the great flood of Sheffield 1864. amongst these are the Armitage family, in which 12 members drowned, all but 5 of the children who were not identified are buried here. The cemetery is very overgrown and uncared for, but strangely, as of November 10 still accepts burials.

The chapel and cemetery are now in private ownership by a local farming/plant and demolition company.:(
The future of this place seems very complicated, as the freehold belongs to the owner, but the graves belong to the families of the deceased. The owner, it seems wants nothing to do with the cemetery or its upkeep, Sheffield council don't either as it is privately owned ground. The owner has however done some maintenence work on the chapel, to slow down further decay. There are reports that a community based group want to buy both the chapel and cemetery, with a view to bringing it back into the fold of the community, but this has yet to happen, despite getting the seal of approval from all sides.

So what does the future hold for this lovely building?, who knows, but judging by the raping that has already started, it may well go downhill rapidly, which would be a real shame as the place has so many lovely features.


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Thanks for looking.:thumb

judderman62
28-01-2011, 09:57 PM
Nice shots fella :thumb

I enjoyed this place - nice relaxed mooch, little nooks n crannies and nice variety of stuff left behind.

As Ceejam has already said - we decided on the day that we would dedicate this report to the memory
of Bucolic aka 0742, Mozaz et al

So here are some shots from myself

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Thanks for looking