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Report - Dyson Ceramics/ Sheffield/ September 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Lone Shadow, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. The Lone Shadow

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    Hello everybody, The Lone Shadow here;
    The Devil Child, Fazy_uk and myself decided to explore this massive derelict ceramic plant one warm Sunday afternoonback in September. We were actually looking for George Barnsley and Son but found this along the way, it was too good an opportunity to turn down. The great thing about this site is that it is in the middle of nowhere and very easy to access with no security at all. It is a nice easy explore and there is absolutely loads of things to see, including old documents, tools, equipment, machinery, old kilns and just stuff in general even though many parts of the site are totally trashed. I took well over 100 photos here with my tiny camera, whereas my 2 compadre’s probably managed double what I did, overall we spent 2-3 hours here, but one could easily have spent longer. Also beware of asbestos here. We found a storage room filled from top to bottom with broken down, deadly asbestos.

    History
    The company was founded in the early 19th century by a gentleman called John Dyson who began mining clay and making bricks. All throughout the 1800’s the business was potentially in its prime. Listed only as “John Dyson” the company changed names slightly in 1838 to John Dyson and Son”

    The business’s products were often tied closely to the Sheffield steelworks and hence were specialists in manufacturing products that maintained its strength under high temperatures. In the 1980’s was the height of the Sheffield steelwork closure which would’ve caused the company a considerable loss of business.

    With high rising gas prices, competition from abroad and technological advances made in brick engineering elsewhere, the old fashioned kilns eventually came to halt probably around the 2006 mark. Although there were some documents we found were dated in 2008.

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    Thanks for taking your time to view this.

    The Lone Shadow
     
    #1 The Lone Shadow, Oct 10, 2013
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