Meeting to discuss future of Sheffield’s iconic Old Town Hall

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A public meeting is to be held to discuss how to rescue Sheffield’s iconic Old Town Hall from years of decay.

The Friends of the Old Town Hall are campaigning for the Waingate building’s owners to help breathe new life into the landmark, which has stood empty since 1996.

The building has been accepted as a project by the Community Assets in Difficult Ownership programme, which has provided start-up funding for the group.

The Old Town Hall - also known as the Old Courthouse - was a target of Chartist activity in the 1830s and was the place prominent activist Samuel Holberry was imprisoned.

The building became purely a courthouse when the current town hall opened in 1896. It closed when the courts moved out in 1996.

The Friends group is seeking grant funding to commission an appraisal of potential new uses for the building.

The meeting will be at Friends Meeting House, 10 St James Street, in the city centre, next Tuesday, March 17 from 6pm to 8.30pm. For more details visit