View Full Version : Archived: Thornseat Lodge, Bradfield/Loxley, Sheffield 25-02-2011

25-02-2011, 09:34 PM
Welcome to my first report! [WARNING : FAIRLY PICTURE HEAVY]


Thornseat Lodge was built in 1855, for Steel-maker William Jessop to use as a hunting lodge. I've read somewhere that when he arrived at the Lodge, he used to make his servant let down all his tyres and pump them up again, because he believed the country air was good for the rubber. After it finished that purpose, it became a Childrens home for many years, before becoming derelict sometime in the 80's or 90's. There have been many owners throughout the years, but 1 source tells me that it is currently owned by Wentworth Estates.

So, this morning myself and two non-members descended upon this beautiful wreck. Here's what we found:


The first room we walked into was obviously a laundry room, and had this old washing machine in - complete with instructions on how to use it! Attached to this was a lovely kitchen complete with an AGA, but unfortunately, excitement got the better of me and my shots of that were blurred :(


Shot of the fire blanket in the kitchen (I checked, it wasn't there)


As you can see from this photo, the current state of the building is not good, and it's literally falling down upon itself. Scaffolding has been put up ( I presume quite recently, and to try and save some of it) Take extra special care when walking around


Plenty of broken and smashed windows - a shame.


I liked this lightbulb, so moved it to make a better picture.


Front room - took a bit of getting in - the hall and floorboards everywhere in here are dodgy!


Lovely bit of peeling paint! Everyone loves peeling paint porn!


My favourite shot from inside the house. This must have been installed when it was a Children's home


Final look over my shoulder, and a farewell bid to the house...also my only HDR shot in this series ;)

I have more photos from the Thornseat Estate, which I found to be quite extensive, including a swimming pool, and 3 extra out-houses, one which looked like was being refurbished, with new wooden roof timbers and electric cables inside!

If anyone can shed any light on the current state of what is to become of this building, I would be extremely grateful. It's a beautiful building, and it should be preserved for future generations to enjoy!