The present day Tapton Hall was built in 1855, however a building known as Tapton House existed on the site before that. The date of the construction of Tapton House is unknown but it is known that Mary Shore (thus Shore Lane) lived in the house until her death in 1853. Mrs Shore was the Grandmother of Florence Nightingale and the young Florence often stayed at the house. Upon the death of Mary Shore in 1853, aged 96, the house was bought by Robert B. Mitchell who within two years had sold the house to the Sheffield steel magnate Edward Vickers.
Vickers’ first action was to demolish Tapton House and completely rebuild it in 1855 as Tapton Hall. Vickers used the architects Flockton & Son and the house was built in the Classical style with Italianate features. In 1867 the house was bought by George Wilson of the family of snuff manufacturers. Wilson paid £3,500 for Tapton Hall, plus £1,424 for the furniture and £218 for the wine left in the cellar. The hall was owned by the Wilson family until the late 1950s, being lived in by George Wilson’s son George Kingsford Wilson (1853–1933) and then his grandson George Ronald Wilson (1888–1958).
Soon after the death of George Ronald Wilson in 1958 the hall was purchased by the Masonic Hall Company of Sheffield who completely refurbished it and in 1967 added two large modern extensions to the east and west sides, designed by the architects Hadfield, Cawkwell, Davidson & Partners.
Today Tapton Hall is a Conference and banqueting centre which hosts wedding, civil ceremonies, corporate events and special occasions.
The building is dominated by a large rounded two storey bow window consisting of three sash windows on each floor. The hipped slate roof is concealed by balustrades. The eastern entrance has a two storey square porch. The interior has a grand entrance hall with an open well staircase with moulded segmental arches, modillion cornice and a roof light.
- Images Of England. Gives details of history and architecture.
- "Sheffield‘s Remarkable Houses", Roger Redfern, ISBN 0-9519148-3-9, page 20, Gives historical details.
- Tapton Hall website. Gives details of history, architecture and present day.
- "Pevsner Architectural Guides - Sheffield", Ruth Harman & John Minnis, ISBN 0-300-10585-1, page 272, Gives details of architecture.