Abbey Glen Laundry Sheffield (1900 - 2010)

This is from The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 15th December 1900 and related to the opening of a new laundry in the Abbeydale area of Sheffield 

Abbey Glen remained at this site for over 100 years before they left it for larger and bigger premises in Doncaster - a brief history of the firm can be found on the company's website.

Abbey Glen 1963

The weekly Sheffield Telegraph dated Thursday 30 October 2014 carried this report

"An old Sheffield laundry could have a future as part of a housing complex. The frontage of the former Abbey Glen Laundry in Coniston Road, off Abbeydale Road, would be retained as part of a development of 29 apartments and 16 houses. One supporter of the scheme says: “This derelict property sticks out like a sore thumb when arriving in Sheffield by train, as the site’s rear faces the main railway line.” It is the latest attempt to redevelop the site, after two previous residential schemes, one dating back to 2006, and the other back to 2012. 

Council permission is being sought for 20 apartments on the site of the old laundry, alongside a three-storey building of nine apartments, 16 townhouses and work unit and offices. One of the issues is the risk of flooding near the River Sheaf and whether better locations for housing are available in the area. The application is in the name of Southport Golf Complex, and makes the case for reviving a redundant brownfield site in a sustainable location and helping to take housing pressure off the green belt.

Sheffield-based agents DLP also say the overall risk of flooding would be reduced by opening the river culvert and other changes. Records of the laundry go back to at least 1901 when it was the Abbey Glen Steam Laundry Co, meeting a growing need to cater for hotels, big houses and restaurants. After gauging opinion, Nether Edge councillor Nikki Bond says: “In the main, the local residents were supportive of the proposal to change the use of the laundry, but there were a number of concerns that they wish to be addressed.” These include increased traffic on an already busy road, problems with parking, the flood risk and noise and dust from building work. Coun Bond adds: “Most people said they were happy the frontage of the laundry would be kept and felt this was important for heritage reasons.” One person “wondered if the development might help tackle problems with anti-social behaviour by increasing the amount of light and footfall in the area”. 

A rather depressing scene but one that has been re -enacted many times throughout Sheffield over the last couple of decades. From the condition of the buildings and the frontage it appears that little investment had been made by Abbey Glen in the years leading up to their re-location to Doncaster.  In fact it seems as if they where attempting to sell the site to developers as far back as 2006 but with no success.

Sources

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 15th December 1900

Sheffield Telegraph dated Thursday 30 October 2014

Abbey Glen

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