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There is currently a planning application to demolish one of Walkley’s oldest buildings, a former barn known as the Creevela Works on Parsonage Crescent. Below is archaeologist Jim Rylatt’s brief history and architectural description of the barn. Details on how to object to demolition follow Jim’s description.
The results of my studies have indicated that the structure now known as the Creevela Works is the second or third oldest building still standing in Walkley. The oldest building is the Heavygate Inn and the other structure is Primrose House, on the opposite side of Parsonage Crescent.
These are the only three surviving buildings in the whole of Walkley that predate the formation of the first Freehold Land Societies in 1849 and 1850.
Primrose House was a relatively substantial farmhouse and the ‘Creevela Works’ represented the associated range of agricultural buildings, the access to the farm being formalised as the section of Parsonage Crescent linking Walkley Road and Parsonage Street.
The walls of the Creevela Works exhibit evidence of a complex history of adaptation and alteration. The ‘L’-shaped farm building is constructed from local sandstone and would probably have originally had a stone slate roof – the walls are fabricated from roughly coursed rubble, but there large quoins at the external corners and around openings. The wing facing onto Parsonage Street has a large opening indicating that it would have been a cart barn, possibly with a threshing floor. The smaller openings in the other wing raise the possibility that it started life as a cowhouse, probably with a hay loft above. The outward form of the current building is consistent with a construction date in the 18th century. However, it should be noted that similar structures surviving in the Peak District sometimes encase the remains of earlier timber cruck barns dating to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Essentially this is the last agricultural building in Walkley and must also be one of the closest former farm buildings to the city centre. It is the sole representative of a period of activity that saw the birth of the Industrial Revolution, when many local people were still participants in a mixed economy centred on farming and light industry.
Considering these factors it is surprising that this structure is not being considered for statutory protection as a listed building (along with the associated farmhouse – Primrose House), rather than for demolition.
By Jim Rylatt
If you are interested in preserving the building can you please write to the council and object to the planning proposal.
Councils don’t usually take the historical importance of a building into consideration unless it is Listed, and then they can over rule its listing.
Please object by referring to the following:
The development is larger than the guidelines for number of dwellings per hectare.
The parking and general traffic will be affected as the developer has not allowed any parking places at all and parking is a constant problem on Parsonage St and Parsonage Crescent,
The development will overshadow the surrounding residents.
To object please either:
Visit the council website using the link below, click on the link to register as a user, login and add a comment here – http://publicaccess.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N22OTRNY0IS00
Email the council planners at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote the planning reference number – 14/00831/FUL.