Self Architects was appointed by several of the shop owners on High Street in Rotherham to renovate and refurbish their buildings as part of the Rotherham Townscape Initiative. The projects were 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.
Sensitive Work on Historic Buildings
Work is now complete on the final part of this project, the restoration of the former Three Cranes Inn.
The Grade II Listed oak framed building is the oldest surviving secular building in Rotherham. Originally a 15th century medieval hall, it 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).
The team worked carefully with conservation officers, English Heritage, the client, the main contractor and conservation specialists in numerous fields to restore the remaining half of the building to its current condition.
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.