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Report - Williams Fasteners & Record Ridgeway - Sheffield - June 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Urbex13, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Urbex13

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    Just a couple of Sheffield's smaller sites for your viewing pleasure! I've explored both of these a fair few times and have managed to get some shots I'm happy with so I thought I'd share!

    Williams Fasteners

    Williams Fasteners is a trading name of Williams Brothers, which was founded in 1870 by George Williams and describes itself as the "leading UK suppliers of Industrial Fasteners and Fixings and Precision Engineered Special Fasteners". They have five branches in England and Wales and are headquartered in Sheffield. Their current HQ on the Tinsley Industrial Estate replaced this old works near Kelham Island, a part of the city which has seen the relocation of most of its previous heavy industry over the past fifteen years. Williams Brothers relocated in 1997; the site has seen some demolitions as well as some fire damage. Despite this there are some pretty little rooms in here and some nice period features.


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    Record Ridgeway

    The works on Shepherd Street were founded by William Ridgeway in the 1930s. William Ridgeway merged first of all with Record Tools in 1974. Record were another Sheffield company who were renowned for the quality of their vices and industrial clamps. Following the merger with Record Ridgway Tools Ltd and was made up off 14 UK Companies with 5 overseas companies. The remaining packaging in the works refers to Record Marple which was a brand formed with the merger of the Record Ridgeway and Marple companies (which was part-owned by Record and and Ridgeway respectively before their merger). Marple made various woodworking tools. Record Ridgway was taken over by the Swedish hardware manafacturer AB Bahco in 1982. Although a management buyout led to the company reverting to British ownership in 1985 the company struggled financially and following administration was acquired by U.S. based Irwin Tools in 1998 who've moved production to China in recent years.


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    Cheers for looking, going back home in the next few weeks so expect some Kent stuff from me! Constructive criticism is welcome :)​
     
    #1 Urbex13, Jul 29, 2012
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