When I go into Sheffield city centre I usually get off at the tram stop by Sheffield Anglican Cathedral. In recent months there have been noticeable changes around the front entrance and also inside due to a re-ordering of the main building.
The former churchyard used to have iron railings around it. In recent years the tram route was constructed through the area and it must have been quite an undertaking and upheaval at the time to put this transport system in place.
On a snowy day earlier this year there was a church service to dedicate to God the re-ordering project which will give better access to all including an entrance that will be easier for the disabled and with more facilities for welcoming visitors.
There is boarding around the Cathedral frontage where the workmen are working on the entrance, have been putting up the scaffolding etc.
The pews in the main body of the cathedral were taken out in preparation for the work in the nave. Two of the adjoining chapels, including the Shrewsbury Chapel, were closed off to protect them from the building work and the nave was boarded up from other chapels that are now being used for services, St. George's Chapel or the Holy Spirit Chapel.
The Holy Spirit Chapel
There are still places in the Cathedral to spend some quiet time and people are welcomed and come in and out all the time. You can view the work being done by the workmen in the nave and west end entrance through viewing panels. There's access through a side door and the work of serving the city continues in many other ways in a place where there has been a Christian worshipping presence for nearly a thousand years.