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Report - Machinagraph, Sheffield - April 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Kaplan, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Kaplan

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    I arrived on site while the sun was still low in the sky. This is definitely my favourite time of day to explore - cool and quiet, and the light was great this particular morning with a decent sunrise.

    Established in 1966, Machinagraph manufacture name plates labels and plaques.
    They moved to newer premises in another part of Sheffield around 2006/7 (although weirdly, the first floor workshop seems to have been abandoned for a lot longer - since the early 90s judging by the expiry date on some drinks cans and newspapers I found).

    The building itself looks like it's had some major structural repairs carried out on it at some point in the distant past.
    Previous reports suggest that it was a school at one time (the only external evidence I can see of this is a stone lintel above a bricked up doorway which says 'Trinity Church Schools', but this doesn't look original to me). From the inside the school idea does make more sense though - the layout and some of the features like the heating system seem to fit.

    Oddly, parts of the ground floor - workshop, spraying room, etching room, offices and reception - are not accessible from upstairs without going outside. There is also a small part of the building that I wasn't able to get into which is a flat or small house (the white part and level above in the first photo) which also has no access from inside the main building.

    All in all a nice little explore with some interesting stuff to look at. The strangest thing I came across was a small room in the bowels of the building that was crammed floor to ceiling with cheap looking reproduction antique furniture.

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    Hopefully I've not gone overboard with the pictures!

    Criticism welcome :thumb
     

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