What is the statue on top of Sheffield Town Hall?

Once Sheffield's tallest building the Town Hall hall towers 200ft into the sky, dominating the city centre skyline.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 11:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 11:10 am
The statue tops the 200ft clocktower

22-storey tower of flats on the way for Sheffield city centre along with boost from shops, restaurants and leisure venuesOpened in 1897 the Town Hall was the highest building in the city until the Arts Tower was opened in 1965.

On top of the clock tower is the statue of a man standing with his arm aloft, holding a blacksmith's hammer. But who is he and why is his statue there?

PEST FROM THE WEST: Snow warning issued for SheffieldThe statue depicts Vulcan - the God of Fire in Roman mythology.

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This includes the fire of volcanoes and metalwork which means the Town Hall statue is an obvious nod to Sheffield's steel industry.

In addition to the statue, the exterior of the Town Hall is also decorated with carvings by F.W. Pomeroy - these friezes depict Sheffield's industries.