Brief History Of The Towers

Sheffield during the 1800’s became the synonymous powerhouse of the industrial revolution.  The close proximity of Sheffield to the natural resources required for the production of steel and silver meant that the unprecedented expansion of its industrial infrastructure took place and, in doing so, the creation of vast wealth was witnessed.  Sheffield soon became world renowned for the quality of its steel and silverware.  Such priceless exhibits can still be seen in many of the city's interesting museums.

While the factories ran 24 hour production cycles, those able to enjoy their wealth did so to the west of the city where the prevailing wind brought clean, fresh air from the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District.

George Wostenholm, one of the most successful industrialists of the era, having visited Boston, Massachusetts, decided to emulate its wide roads and tree-lined streets. He purchased a large expanse of land to the west of the city and named it Kenwood.  Having built Kenwood Hall, due to the prestige that surrounded its development, many wanted to recreate and even better its achitectural acclaim.  Alfred Allott, a hugely successful accountant, set about commissioning architects, Innocence and Brown, to design and build an elaborate gothic mansion house.  Its design and architectural detail makes this one of the most cherished buildings of its time.

Finished in 1874 The Towers depicts exquisite French gothic design, boasting two semi-circular towers adorned by carved stone gargoyles. The interior is of equal intricate design with an elaborate Victorian floral mosaic.

Further interest is noted within the grand hall that denotes links to the doomed liner RMS Titanic.  Its sister ship, the RMS Olympic, a grander version, by all accounts, to the Titanic, has its majestic Louis XIV panelling adorning the drawing room walls.  The rich and vibrant panelling was purchased from the White Star Line and was carefully lifted from the A la Carte Restaurant and painstakingly reinstated within The Towers.  Further oak panelling is in the hallway and stairs from the Olympic's 1st class grand staircase.

Today, Sheffield's university city has much greenery and wealth.  With over 200 parks and with a third of the city residing within the Peak District National Park, it is of little wonder why people enjoy the city so much.  Sheffield today boasts the highest ratio of trees to people anywhere in Europe, with over 2.5 million trees within the city.