Western Park in Sheffield was the first municipal park in the city and was developed from the grounds of Western Hall and opened to the public in 1875. Later the Hall was converted into a museum and art gallery.
However, it wasn't the impressive-looking neoclassical building that attracted my attention on my walk last Friday, but the beautiful bandstand, which was installed in 1900. It was designed in Sheffield and made by a foundry in Glasgow, Scotland. It's a fully-glazed building and a rare example of one that has survived the passage of time as the identical one in another local park was demolished. The Western Park bandstand was restored and many brass bands have played there.
This is the entrance side of the bandstand with the modern architecture of the University Arts Tower in the distance. How we look forward to a warmer season when the bandstand, hopefully, will be in use and bands will once more entertain the visitors to the park!
The snow returned overnight and has continued, on and off, for most of the day. It's the wet and slushy type so we were able to get out and I managed to get to the library in our local park to return some books on short loan.