Plans Lodged For Refurbishment Of The ‘birthplace Of The Mushy Pea’

David Cross

A historic Sheffield building known as the 'birthplace of the mushy pea' could be refurbished to provide a range of residential accommodation under newly-submitted plans.

An application has been submitted to Sheffield City Council covering the redevelopment of parts of the grade II-listed Castle House.

The building is located on Blonk Street in the city's Castlegate quarter on the banks of the River Don. It is adjacent to the iQuarter building, constructed in 2007.

Castle House was built at the end of the 19th century by animal breeder and vet John Henry Bryars and was originally used as a stable for the Midland Railway Company.

During WWI the building was also home to Lizzie the elephant, who was leased by scrap dealer Thomas Ward to haul heavy loads of steel while horses were in France.

In the 1920s the site was acquired by Batchelors. It became the company’s first canning factory and was known as the birthplace of the mushy pea.

The proposal, designed by architectural practice Coda Studios, covers internal alterations to bring the building back into use as residential accommodation.

A total of 13 studios, eight one-bedroom apartments and a pair of two-bedroom apartments would be created, together with a four-storey town house. A small unit will be created on the ground floor suitable for café or restaurant use.

The majority of the building's external features will remain unoccupied with only a single-storey extension added to the new townhouse, utilises the stables and accommodation block.

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David Cross

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