Carbrook Hall damaged in arson attack

Carbrook Hall, one of only two Grade II* listed pubs in Sheffield, was recently damaged by an arson attack. Petrol or oil was deliberately thrown through a window causing fire and smoke damage inside the building. At the time of writing, the full extent of damage to the 17th-century Jacobean panelled room was not known.

Boarded-up windows at the Carbrook Hall in the wake of the arson attack. Credit: Sheaf Valley Heritage.

The pub gained Asset of Community Value (ACV) status in early 2017. It was subsequently bought by West Street Leisure from Punch Taverns in February 2017 and has been closed since. West Street Leisure director, Sean Fogg, said: “I am devastated at the damage. The wood panelling and interiors are irreplaceable. We want it restored so that the whole of Sheffield can benefit and appreciate the splendour of the building again.”

Fire damage to the exterior of the pub. Credit: Sheaf Valley Heritage.

Brian Holmshaw, of Sheaf Valley Heritage, who campaigned for the building to become an  ACV, expressed his dismay at the arson attack: “We tried to keep it open as a pub because if you keep buildings like this open the likelihood of this sort of thing happening is far less likely. This is what happens when you board up historic buildings and leave them.”

We hope that Carbrook Hall, situated in an up-and-coming area, will soon reopen to the public. In the interim, we believe that Historic England need to send a team in to assess the damage as there are areas inside where the heritage value is enormous. It would also be useful if the owners could clean-up the areas around the pub, thus lessening the likelihood of further arson attacks.

The 17th-century Jacobean panelled room at the Carbrook Hall. Credit: Mick Slaughter.

More information on the heritage aspects of Carbrook Hall is available in the downloadable Sheffield Pub Heritage book: www.sheffield.camra.org.uk/rhp.

Dave Pickersgill

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