City centre in the days before the grandeur of the City Hall

Balm Green from Division Street
Balm Green from Division Street

We’re betting that, if you haven’t seen this picture before, you would be hard pressed to guess where it is. Or rather, was.

This is a photograph of Balm Green, taken from Division Street.

The name of the green still survives, on a little offshoot of Barker’s Pool where the sitting area and little playground are today.

The houses and business premises shown were cleared to make way for Sheffield City Hall. The building’s foundation stone was laid in June, 1929 and the concert hall opened to great fanfare in September, 1932. More than 3,000 people crowded into Barker’s Pool for the opening event.

Ever since then the building has been at the heart of the city’s cultural life, these days bringing a mixture of music, comedy and theatre to Sheffield.