Walkley Liberal Democrats

Demolition of Old Smithy at Malin Bridge a disgrace

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Jonathan Harston condemned the demolition this week of the old smithy at Malin Bridge. The smithy is one of the oldest buildings in Sheffield - with parts of it surviving from before the Dale Dyke Flood of 1864. Although not a listed building, and therefore without that statutory protection, it's status as one of the city's historic buildings should have protected it from demolition.

Cllr Jonathan Harston, a local councillor for the Malin Bridge area said:

"It's disgraceful that something like this is possible. The Smithy is part of Sheffield's history - it represents the history that made Sheffield the city it is today. If a building of this importance can be demolished over night, it calls into question how safe any of Sheffield's historic buildings are. It's really up to the council to make sure that more of Sheffield's historic buildings don't suffer the same fate as The old Smithy."

October 2003

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