Friday, 15 January 2016

Rutland Hall, Sheffield


The Helen Wilson Settlement was founded in 1896, moving to Rutland Hall, Hicks Street in 1906. It promoted cultural, recreational and educational activities in the area and laid a strong emphasis on temperance. It closed in the early 1970's due to population change.

Afterwards the building was home to the South Yorkshire Printers company, becoming the Rutland Print Works.

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Esoteric Eric.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Kirklees College, Huddersfield


The first buildings on the now 6.1 acre site were home to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1831. By 1929 the hospitals special features included Turkish, Russian and medicated baths and an electro-medical department. The infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Venereal diseases.
The former Ramsden Technical College paid £105,000 to move to the site in 1967 and it September 1968 the first students began their lectures. The first new building on the site opened in 1969 with the main new block being built in 1971, the year the college became the Huddersfield Technical College. The 10 building site had more than 8,000 students studying there by 1978 and by 2008 the Huddersfield Technical College merged with the Dewsbury College to form Kirklees College.
In 2013 the college moved to its new site at the Waterfront Quarter and the New North Road site has been sold to Oldham-based Wiggett Construction Group for an undisclosed sum. Plans for the future of the site were expected to be unveiled early in 2015 but the developers are expected to create a mixed use site featuring residential, retails and leisure uses.
Esoteric Eric.


Wharncliffe Works, Sheffield


The Wharncliffe Works is a Grade II listed building consisting of workshops and office space which was originally used for ironworks in the 1920's, making stoves & grates etc.
The building is currently owned by Mr Gerald Duniec of Gerald Duniec & Co, Chartered Surveyors, the same company which owns the nearby George Barnsley & Sons, Cornish Works.
In recent times it looks to have been split for use by several different companies, such as a BMW car parts distributor.
Esoteric Eric.