Work is now complete on the restoration of the former Three Cranes Inn on High Street in Rotherham.
The oak framed building is Grade II* listed and is the oldest surviving secular building in Rotherham. It was originally a medieval hall built in the 15th Century and contains one of the country’s few remaining dais canopies (a curved structure under which the lord would sit at the top table on a raised platform).
In the 1960s, thanks to the appalling Planning policies of the time, half of the building was demolished and a modern shop front was fitted to the remaining half. In more recent times, the building had been subjected to fire damage and gross neglect. It was on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register, before being bought by our client, Chris Hamby, and saved thanks to a Heritage Lottery and Rotherham Council grant and a great deal of hard work by all involved.
We have worked carefully with conservation officers, English Heritage, the client, the main contractor (HMP Construction) and with numerous specialists in various fields of conservation to restore the remaining half of the building to its current state.
The building is now open to the public with a retail space on the ground floor and the upper floors dedicated to a museum and information centre on the history of the building.
This project is one of eight buildings that we have restored on Rotherham High Street as a Rotherham Council / Lottery aided project. Before the scheme began, images of the boarded up, derelict shops were used in every magazine article and television report about the demise of the High Street. The area has now been transformed into a High Street that the people of Rotherham can be proud of!