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The Wapentake was a Sheffield rock institution like no other.
It reigned supreme for nearly three decades.
The Wapentake never set out to be the region’s heavy metal epi-centre – it was actually owned by the Grosvenor House Hotel upstairs - but all that changed with the arrival of Olga Marshall in the early 1970s.
Shoppers luncheons were quickly replaced by nightly packed houses of rock music loving, Newcastle Brown drinking fans of demin and leather.
"The Wapentake was my life. I miss it so, so much. I met lifelong friends down there. It was a venue like no other. There will never be anywhere like the Wapentake."
It was a favourite of fledgling local rock band Def Leppard – they even returned to perform for Olga in front of the world’s press in 1995 – and became a welcoming melting pot for generations of rockers, punks, bikers, goths and more.
The 1980s saw the Wapentake truly come into its own with the rise of Rebels rock club, Roxy Rock Night and heavy metal dominating the charts at the end of the era.
Olga Marshall – who sadly passed away in 2019 - was an unlikely figurehead for the rock music listening clientele.
Always impeccably dressed, she was already a mother of four by the early 1970s. She didn’t smoke and she rarely drank alcohol.
The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield – Wapentake Edition’ pulls together scores of rare photos, memories and more to tell the story of this true rock institution.
The book also includes details of other alternative and rock venues of the era including Rebels, the Limit, the Leadmill and more.
Dirty Stop Out's Guide to Sheffield - Wapentake Edition