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High Street, Rotherham

Self Architects were appointed by several of the shop owners on High Street to renovate and refurbish their buildings as part of the Rotherham Townscape Initiative. The projects are part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme included new period style shop fronts, restoring lost architectural details and conservation of the fabric of the buildings.

Work is now complete on the final part of this project, the restoration of the former Three Cranes Inn.

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).

We have worked carefully with conservation officers, English Heritage, the client, the main contractor 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.