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Report - Warriss Fine Cutlers, Sheffield

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Mar 4, 2014.

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    Warriss was your typical Sheffield cutler. They made candle sticks, tea pots, hip flasks and of course, knives and forks. Est 1855, shut some time in 2008.

    Had my eye on this for years... I've driven around the city of Sheffield over and over again, round the back streets on the lookout for places just like this. Despite my efforts I've missed loads over the years. I sometimes feel like I'm the only one looking for this kind of place, but I'd happily take somewhere like Warriss over visiting George Barnsley 10 times.

    Warriss is very similar to many of the works in the Jewellery quarter, having two long workshops running off a façade. Their design is rather clever, leaving a narrow courtyard between the two to maximise light along the workshops. It made a nice change photographing somewhere in bright sunshine.

    I was very happy to find much still in situ. Most of the workbenches were still in place, along with buffing wheels, half finished flat ware and even boxes of antler, cut up to make knife handles. The best part of the place was that overall feel of "old", which you only get from these little places which are a warren of small rooms, corridors and staircase after staircase!

    I keep thinking I've seen the last of little cutlers like this, but I'd hazard a guess there are a few more out there yet....

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