Sheffield City Hall

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Sheffield City Hall
Sheffield City Hall - - 1221287.jpg
Address Barkers Pool
Coordinates 53°22′51″N 1°28′21″W / 53.3808°N 1.4724°W / 53.3808; -1.4724Coordinates: 53°22′51″N 1°28′21″W / 53.3808°N 1.4724°W / 53.3808; -1.4724
Owner Sheffield International Venues
Designation Grade II* listed building
Capacity 2,271 (Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall)
850 (Ballroom)
500 (Memorial Hall)
Opened 22 September 1932 (1932-09-22)
Architect E. Vincent Harris

Sheffield City Hall is a Grade II* listed building[1] in Sheffield, England, containing several venues, ranging from the Oval Concert Hall which seats over 2,000 people to a ballroom featuring a sprung dance floor. It is currently operated by Sheffield International Venues.

The large hall dominates Barker's Pool, one of Sheffield's central squares, which also contains the city's War Memorial.

The building was designed in 1920 by E. Vincent Harris but construction was delayed 8 years because of the economic climate in the early 1920s. Eventually construction started with the laying of the foundation stone in 1929 and the City Hall was officially opened on 22 September 1932. During the Second World War a bomb exploded in Barkers Pool, damaging the pillars of the building. The scars of the explosion can still be seen to this day.[2] It is a neo-classical building with a giant portico. The Oval Hall is the largest hall in the building, seating 2,271 people and is commanded by an angel's chorus. This provides both natural light to the main hall and can also be used by a hidden choir whose voices are carried through the building and down onto the audience. The Grand Willis III Organ is the largest in Sheffield with over 4000 pipes and four manuals. The organ sits in a chamber situated behind the large decorative grilles facing the audience.

The Oval Hall is complemented by the more intimate 500-seater Memorial Hall and the Ballroom which can host anything from after show parties to club nights and afternoon tea-dances.

In 2005, the City Hall and its surroundings were refurbished and re-developed at a cost of £12.5 million.

The hall is managed by the Sheffield City Trust, under a 99-year lease.

Manor Operatic Society perform their annual pantomime here.


  1. ^ English Heritage. "City Hall (455364)". Images of England. Retrieved 20 February 2006. 
  2. ^ Sheffield City Hall website