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Report - George Barnsley & Sons Ltd, (Cornish Works) Sheffield, December 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Indecisive Moment, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Indecisive Moment

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    This is my first report so you will have to bear with me!

    I know this place has been done to death but I have to say I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. So sad such an amazing place has been abandoned and left to rot. Intrigued by the rich history and fascinating artefacts of this place, a visit was a must. I took over 400 pics and could have easily spent a lot longer in there than I did.

    I visited back in December but have finally got round to uploading the pics!

    Special thanks to Jazzywheelz for all his help.

    Hope you enjoy looking through these images :-) ​



    Below a little bit of history of George Barnsley, borrowed from previous visitors:

    George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.

    George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives.

    They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools.
    In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. ​

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    #1 Indecisive Moment, Feb 2, 2013
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