It has been said so many times before…
– there are the roughened edges of particular suburbs, they show that they are lived in and that there is effort being undertaken
– things are being done, life is lived, things go on, the small particles of history are made and in all of that the edges become a little roughened
– there is something other than the glossy, well polished and bright and within that there is something not only of value but with an aesthetic all of its own
… the ‘urban’ visits and makes its mark every once in a while, new bits of poetry added to the stuff of stone …
There is a history at hand, new uses being made of the grandeur of old …
Working class areas of northern towns and cities regularly have areas of dereliction. This is not necessarily so bad because those areas do acquire a very particular feel – there is both a grain and a texture to what happens to the area.
We used to party at a number of places in the area – Pitsmoor is just outside of the city centre and is noted as being the area where newcomers first settle – having had significant Jamaican, Kashmiri, Somali, Kurdish, Polish and more populations. I used to dj at places such as the Highway, the East House, the Tea Gardens and more. Each of these has a history, some going back many years – the Tea Gardens was originally a temperance pub providing mainly tea and no alcohol, the East House was the scene of a well-known murder decades ago and so was also known as ‘the wild west saloon’. The Highway though, now burnt down and demolished was a place for all-nighters.
All of the above gives an idea of some of what was played.
Not all of life is manicured and tidy. Shells of the old, ruins and the derelict have a testimony to bear, reminders to bring, in effect, lessons to deliver.
I have a love of old and derelict buildings. The distressed graphically and architecturally has an appeal for me. The buildings shown here are local to me, in Pitsmoor, Sheffield. I cannot give a true history – upholsterers and car parts occupied them at some point.