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Report - George Barnsley and Sons Ltd - Sheffield - April 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by WildBoyz, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    The early George Barnsley and Sons was founded in 1836, originally listed as a file manufacturer on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. The city records, however, report that George Barnsley moved premises in 1852, to Cornish Place opposite the river Don. George Barnsley and Sons later specialised in manufacturing forge filing and cutting tools, for specific use on leather products (i.e. shoes etc), but, in later years they increased their product range to also include other knives (i.e. butcher knives). The earlier Mr Barnsley was reportedly Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Sons is recorded as becoming a limited company in 1944, as manufacturers of ‘files, blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools’. By this time, however, Colonel George Barnsley, presumably the predecessor of the first Mr Barnsley, has assumed control over the company. Colonel Barnsley had endured a lengthy army career previous to becoming established in the manufacturing industry, having served in the Boer war and both World Wars in the years that followed. The former Colonel died at the age of 83, in 1958 at his own residence – 30 Collegiate Crescent – having lived there with his wife for many years.

    After many failed attempts at gaining entry into George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. we finally managed it, over the Easter Bank Holiday. All the traditional entrances have, to our knowledge, been sealed up, so we came up with our own innovative and permissible (as far as UE is considered permissible) way to get inside. The explore is excellent and, from my personal perspective, one of the best explores we’ve accomplished. It’s a shame that there is now a significant amount of damaged throughout the site, and to many of the items that were once inside and out. It’s well worth a visit before the wooden parts of the building completely deteriorate.

    1: Inside Main Yard (Now a Garden)

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    2: Typhoo Tea and Teapot

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    3: Old Machinery

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    4: Glance of a Bridge Through a Window

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    5: Old Radio/Stereo

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    6: Old Documentation/Paperwork

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    7: Printing/Typewriter Machine

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    8: The Last Remains of a Kitchen

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    9: Inside an Office

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    10: Hammer on Old Drum

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    11: Workshop

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    12: Workshop Racks

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    13: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (Packaging)

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    14: Poster of Knives Inside a Workshop

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    15: Traditional Metal Forging Oven

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    16: Tabletop Shot (Shoes, Boxes and Tool Handles)

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    17: Evidence of Former Knife Production

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    18: Underground Store and Short Tunnels

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  2. Leeds(Ex)plorer

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    nice shots, it amuses me how often the little trinkets move around in this place

    Where the hell we're the tunnels? didn't see them at all :/
     
  3. WildBoyz

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    Cheers :) I bet. Looking through past photos I can see how much things have been moved.

    They're near the arches, quite hidden by the bushes and plants etc. They're not huge, but it's quite cool in there. Part of it looks very similar to the brick catacomb type thing under the courthouse (on a very small scale).
     
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    Ahh I must've missed them, gutted

    Might pop my head in and go see them at some point, probably when i finally do the courts as well
     
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    Always next time :)

    The courthouse is awesome. Need to get my report posted on here, been in a few times, but have got a few decent-ish shots from March this year.
     
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    Still looks worth a visit this place.
     
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    Nice to see you finally made it inside :)

    Always a nice place/deathtrap for some creative shots , very nice :thumb

    I was around the week before last having a mini Sheffield solo tour, and was laughing at all the new plywood coverings over the access points, that have already got some Graff" on :) Spared no expense 12mm Ply ? if that :eek:

    I noticed the owners of the Globe Works had applied to demolish an old Workshop inside their boundary ( notice on a lampost :) not sure if it"s the small one or what"s left of GB"s sealed part that"s stuck onto the Globe Works ? that"s been steel shuttered up since last Winter. But i presume its the smaller ( you can"t see us on camera now ) one lol

    First time i left the underground area till last but changed my mind and position just as 2 EU characters appeared and stood outside where i"d been going to enter ( no cameras :) :eek: GTFO never got over a wall as fast since i was in the Army lol

    2nd time i"d been inside for hours alone at dusk and 1 always set up doorway warnings, which went off, 3 blokes this time, it"s amazing how tough those Buddlia bushes are until you fear for your Camera gear and your safety lol

    No wonder they invested in a Porthcullis at either end of Globe Works :)

    PS What"s the Permissible by UE standards entry then ? fly over by Hot Air Balloon and climb down a Rope ladder :)
     
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    i used to have a cooker the same as that in pic 8 ,wish i had never got rid of it now
     
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    Top quality!
    I have a radio like that somewhere in my house, mum's an antique dealer and she gave it to me when I took a shine to it ha.
     
  10. WildBoyz

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    Same, I've got a few of these antiques hanging around in family lofts :p
     
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    Do like that place, not been for a while, tried a few weeks back but no joy :mad enjoyed the pics here tho', great report, thanks for sharin':thumb
     
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    Cheers man :)
     
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    great to see it again, never get bored of seeing here. well done
     
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    Doorway warnings?
     
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    Great shots - you've def. got an eye for detail. Shame these places are left to rot.
     
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