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Public Buildings

A drawing of Pye Bank School

Public baths on Sutherland Road, built around 1905

Butchers shop on Pye Bank, 1890

'The Distress at Sheffield.' This cartoon appeared in the London Illustrated News in 1879 and shows Burngreave Vestry Hall in the background

By the late 1800s much of the former countryside of Burngreave was covered in houses. Along with these were created the Vestry Hall in 1864 to administer civic functions. Schools, churches, pubs and allotments were also created in the 1800s. The first school, Pitsmoor Village School, was opened in 1836. In 1861 Burngreave cemetery was laid out to accommodate the overflow from local church yards as these were now full. A cinema and public baths were built in the early 1900s. By now Burngreave was a suburb of Sheffield, still prosperous and considered a pleasant place to live. It did, however, have an interesting mix of wealthy and working class residents. Occasional declines in the fortunes of the cutlery trade resulted in periods of unemployment and great hardship for many poorer families in the area. A cartoon from a newspaper in 1879 shows a soup kitchen operating from the Vestry Hall, turning away barefoot and hungry children.