Like Jean Jepson, I support the Sainsburys/Fletchers project on Penistone Road North, not least for its job opportunities. But there is a side of this that causes some concern. The development will require the demolition of the Travellers Inn, one of the few remaining focal points of the old Wadsley Bridge.
In particular a fitting location has to be found for its handsome stone fireplace (above), bearing the initials GC (a member of the Carr family, I understand) and the date of 1697.
The fireplace was saved and incorporated in a rebuild of the pub in the 19th century.
Kelham Island Museum and Museums Sheffield have been approached over the fireplace, which Sainsbury’s say can be salvaged.
It’s a pity it could not be incorporated in, say, a restaurant in the new development or in the dining area in Weston Park. The main thing is that this piece of 300-year-old ‘made in Sheffield’ heritage should be saved.
After all, we’ve striven night and day to save Park Hill!
Ron Clayton, S6