2 Haymarket

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2 Haymarket, seen from the west

2 Haymarket is a listed building in Sheffield City Centre in England.

The building was constructed in 1871 to serve as Sheffield's head post office.[1] It was originally intended also to house the local branch of the Inland Revenue, but the space was almost immediately found to be inadequate, and within a couple of months of its opening in 1872, the Revenue moved to offices on Norfolk Street.[2]

The building has two stories and an attic and is in the classical revival style, adopting a form which was already old-fashioned at the time it was built.[1] In 1879, it was described as "a fairly handsome Doric structure, but inadequate to the requirements of the rapidly increasing postal and telegraphic business of so large a town".[2] A further section at the rear of the building, facing Commercial Street, was constructed at the same time and in the same style, but is of a single story, with a basement below.[1]

In 1910, a new head post office for the city was constructed on Fitzalan Square.[3] The building was purchased by the Sheffield Stock Exchange, which opened its new site with a grand ceremony in 1911.[4] The stock exchange operated until 1967, when the creation of British Steel dramatically reduced its business.[5][1]

The building was restored in the 1970s, and the interior was completely reworked to serve as a branch of the Yorkshire Bank,[6] which it remains to the present day. The building is Grade II listed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ruth Harman and John Minnis, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Sheffield, p.149
  2. ^ a b Pawson and Brailsford, The Illustrated Guide to Sheffield and District (1879 edition), p.111
  3. ^ Clyde Binfield, The History of the City of Sheffield, 1843-1993, p.42
  4. ^ W. A. Thomas, The Provincial Stock Exchanges, pp.101-102
  5. ^ W. A. Thomas, The Provincial Stock Exchanges, p.246
  6. ^ John Edward Vickers, A Popular History of Sheffield, pp.199-200
  7. ^ "YORKSHIRE BANK AND RAILINGS", The National Heritage List for England

Coordinates: 53°23′00″N 1°27′50″W / 53.383264°N 1.464018°W / 53.383264; -1.464018