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Report - Dyson Precision Ceramics – Sheffield - May 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Lone Ranger, May 17, 2013.

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    Dyson Precision Ceramics – Sheffield

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    History

    The company was founded by John Dyson who began mining clay and making bricks in the early 1800s. From the very beginning the business was a success. The 1834 Sheffield trade directory lists - “John Dyson - Brick Maker, Stannington†which indicates that he ran the business on his own. However, by 1838 the business was listed as “John Dyson and Son - Black clay miners and firebrick manufacturers, Griffs House, Stannington.

    Dyson's were manufacturers of Refractory material, ceramics for the steel industry, they also produce fire backs and other household ceramic bricks for the likes of Aga's etc. They have also been know to sell clay for use in Well Dressings.

    Unfortunately Dyson's traditional manufacturing process relied heavily on gas fired kilns. With increased in energy costs the plants was no longer economically viable, despite the very best efforts of the management and staff alike the site closed around 2005.

    The high performance niche products in Dyson's range are still available and are the cornerstone in Dyson's progression. The company have a wholly owned manufacturing facility in Tianjin, PRC which produces is high quality products.

    My Visit

    This site has been on my list for a bit, failed 2 months ago after struggling through snow drifts only to find the section of road closed for road works. 2 months later the road works are still ongoing making some of the site out of bounds as they park in front of the building. A few hour here meant I saw most of this huge site, the office block being the only place I couldn’t access. Even though it’s been derelict for a few years there’s still plenty of interesting things to see.

    As soon as you enter this site, you realise it is actually quite big!

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    A quick stroll and I found my way into one of the larger buildings where 3 kilns stood.

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    Then there was a very nice switch room.

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    And some nice street art, so far an enjoyable stroll.

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    Even though this site doesn’t appear on the radar too often, there are plenty of props knocking around most of the buildings.

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    Liked this rest room, a quick pic through a window as I wandered past looking for a way into the next building.

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    Very dark in this bit and looks where a lot of the manufacturing took place.

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    After an attempt on the office block and struggling to get into some of the other buildings I returned back to the 1st building and found some stuff I’d missed before, more kilns for starters.

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    Then some of the offices and workshops.

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    I then ended up back at the one main building I hadn’t got into besides the office block. Workmen were at the front so that was a no go, access at the rear was a bit dodgy, a few wanders past and no other options; I thought sod it as I doubt I’d return. It didn’t turn out as bad as it looked and was worth the effort.

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    A couple of small kilns.

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    And some larger plant.

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    Well that’s it, an enjoyable mooch which I’m glad I finally got done.

    Cheers,

    TLR​
     

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