Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Sheffield factory girl' & 'Sheffield workman'
Upperthorpe Library, Sheffield S6
(AZ p.86 6C)
Above the entrance to the library
is a stone porch and balustraded balcony. Two carved stone figues stand
just beneath the ornate corbels supporting the balcony. This extract from
The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent of 6th May, 1876, describes the
figures. The "Sheffield factory girl (is) intently reading a book, the idea
conveyed, of course, being that the library will be the means of giving
instruction.The other figure represents a young Sheffield workman, with
shirt sleeves rolled up, and hands resting on the handle of a large hammer.
He is in an attitude of deep thought, and is endeavouring to apply to his
work some of the technical knowledge he has gained from the books in the
Between the figures and over the door is a stone arch filled with a carded
panel on which is a shield bearing the arms of the borough. Above this appear
the words "FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY" and below it "UPPERTHORPE BRANCH".
Sheffield Town Council. Upperthorpe
Library and Highfield
Library are near-identical buildings. Both libraries were opened
in 1876, Upperthorpe on 8th May and Highfield on 1st August. They were designed
as 'twins' but the figures on them are different. The sculpture on both
buildings was carved by J. W. Cooper of Sheffield and Cambridge.
to Local Studies Library for much
of this information.