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Barkers Pool has some interesting features.
In early times, water for the citizens of Sheffield, were drawn from wells, springs or ponds. Public wells were maintained by the 17th C. town trustees.
A man by the name of Barker, built a public pool, which was where the City Hall now stands. This was the 1st artificial reservoir for public use. Its only outlet was by a gulley, running through Fargate to High Street. Sanitation and neighbourhood fires benefitted from this pool. It was demolished in 1793, but the name of Barkers Pool remains. At one time it was known as Balm Green, where lemon balm is believed to have been cultivated.
In 2005, restoration work was commenced in Barkers Pool. Along with the recent restoration to the City Hall, 2 glass water features appeared in front, which are quite attractive when illuminated at night.
However, this is one of the main thoroughfares at night for those travelling between the cities hostelleries of Division Street/West Street/ Cambridge Street, so the fountains are switched off, with 'security staff' on hand. There's usually a police car or 2 parked in the vicinity.
In the centre of Barkers Pool is the city War Memorial, topped by a flagpole which stands about 90ft high. This is made of steel and weighs 10 tons! It is possibly the tallest single piece steel monument in the world. It is Grade 11 listed.
It hit the national news recently, following the drunken antics of a Student (now ex-student) who caused outrage after urinating here.
Next to the City Hall is a popular wine bar -Lloyds No 1, which is housed in the former Sheffield Water Company Headquarters - look for its carved facade.
Opposite the City Hall is the department store of John Lewis, which is still called by its previous name of Coles or Cole Brothers, by many Sheffielders.
John ,Thomas and Skelton Cole opened their first business in nearby Fargate (No.4) in 1847, and soon expanded their business into Church Street. They traded as `Silk Mercers, Shawl, Mantle and Carpet Warehousemen, Bonnet Makers and Sewing Machine Agents`. By 1879, the premises had expanded both in Fargate and Church Street, and was one of Sheffield's most prosperous businesses. Known as Coles Corner, it was a popular meeting place, and city Landmark. It has been immortalised in the song Coles Corner, by local singer/musician Richard Hawley. In 1963, Cole Brothers re-opened in their new premises in Barkers Pool. In 2002, they joined the John Lewis Group. There are plans for John Lewis to re-locate to a new retail development in the next few years, but the present recession may put these plans on hold.
Address: Barkers Pool, Sheffield 1
Directions: In the centre of the city.
10 -15 minute walk from Bus/Train Stations
Trams (City Hall) and buses stop nearby
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