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Report - George Barnsley and Sons, Sheffield, Northern Trip Part 2- (October 2013)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Landie_Man, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry
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    Northern Trip Part 2 – George Barnsley and Sons Cornish Works (Sheffield)

    So, continuing to try and cheer myself up; I went on a long awaited Northern Tour with my close friend TBM. After replacing his rig he very kindly gave me his now not needed Sigma 10-20 lens.

    Unfortunately we did not notice until the last moment that this lens had a slight fault with the mount, causing some focussing issues in many of my photos. But I didn’t let this dampen my trip.

    What a weekend, I have got some serious photos and experiences from this under my belt now and I hope you enjoy.

    Day two and onto Sheffield for two explores, The Tool Maker: George Barnsley and Sons and of course the Crown Courts.

    I really liked this place, it had that real “Northern Industrial Decline†about it, it’s a true time-warp to Industrial Britain. It’s a shame places like this don’t really exist anymore. It’s the kind of place where you could go in and ask for a handful of bolts and they would give them to you for free. Its not in a great state by the look of it so I’m glad I captured it when I did.

    In 1823; George Barnsley was apprenticed into the file-makers trade by his mother, Anne. Anne was a widow. George was signed in to the apprenticeship – to a Thomas Wing of Sheffield – for seven years and two hundred and seventy one days.

    Later; George went in to partnership with his brother and they established themselves as one of the worlds leading manufacturers of shoe manufacturing tools and leather trades.

    Throughout the 19th century, the company grew and the Barnsley family were highly regarded in the thriving city of Sheffield.

    Eventually the vintage factory and production methods forced production to cease and give in to the increasingly competitive import market and the growing costs of production, finally closing in 2003.














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    George Barnsley and Sons - a set on Flickr

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