Town hall ‘Tardis’ makes the grade

Howard Greaves and the Town Hall Police Box
Howard Greaves and the Town Hall Police Box
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’ALLO ’allo ’allo, what’s all this, then?

Why, it’s Sheffield’s only remaining police box of its kind – and it won’t get moved along any time soon.

The Surrey Street unit, installed in 1928 and thought to be one of just 300 left across the country, has been awarded protective grade II listed status by English Heritage.

That means it can’t be knocked down or extensively altered.

The move was announced yesterday after a nine-month campaign – previously reported in The Diary – by Hallamshire Historic Building Society.

“It’s fantastic news,” says Howard Greaves, vice-chairman of the HHBS. “This is a symbol of another age and it was important to protect it. It’s part of the fabric of the city.”

Experts with English Heritage agreed saying the unit was of historical and architectural importance.

The box – long called the Tardis by younger generations after Dr Who’s time machine – was installed as a place where officers could contact the station.

It was decommissioned in the 1960s and became a base for city centre ambassadors in 2009.