Many thanks to Brian Cranwell for his apology to the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society and for his kind donation to our funds. He is correct in his assertion that the abandonment of these historic buildings by the NHS is disgraceful, when they could have been put to good use a long time ago instead of being left to rot.
The important early 19th century Grade II listed Goddard Hall has been boarded up for as long as I can remember and together with the now threatened adjacent stable-block could easily be converted into much needed nurses’ accommodation or office space.
Our society has just attained Grade II listed status on the nearby Chesterman House and Wycliffe House, whereby it has been recognised that they are of great national importance. Likewise these could also be converted and generate much needed income for the Health Trust. Their idea of grassing over the demolition sites seems to be a pointless exercise and their £350,000 annual maintenance figures appear to have been plucked out of mid-air which is often the case with such vast bureaucratic organisations.
In July our society obtained a Grade II listing on a range of 1850s buildings at Norwood Grange.
These too have been boarded up for a long time and, as they are on the very edge of the vast NGH site, are of little use to the Health Trust.
They would convert admirably to several housing units and fetch a considerable amount of money if put on the open market. I am not “dismissing the Hospital Trust’s funding”, as Mr C states, but am merely baffled as to why the buildings have not been sold off to give someone else the benefit of their use.
Just to clear up the matter of the water-tower, I did not state that it was by the same architect as the already listed one, but that it was believed to be one of only two in South Yorkshire. The one on the NGH site was designed and built by the famous Sheffield firm of Newton Chambers in 1894 and thus has much local historic value although the Health Trust.
We also applied to have the tower listed together with the aforementioned 1904 EW Mountford stable block. Thus, out of our four applications the last two were inexplicably rejected by Historic England and I would again urge the NHS to reconsider their proposed demolitions of these two important buildings and save them for future generations.
Vice Chairman, Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society