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Report - Footprint Tools Sheffield, 2017


xox

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This was my 2nd visit and the last as demolition work had started. this was a large factory in the centre of Sheffield

Footprint Tools can trace its manufacturing history as far back as the 1760s when Alfrid Ridge & Sons were established as a manufacturer of woodworking tools. Ridge was bought by the current owning family in 1932.

The Footprint brand originates from 1875 when Thomas R Ellin, a member of a cutlery manufacturing family, started a tool manufacturing business under the brand “Footprint”. This subsequently became known as Thomas R Ellin (Footprint Works). This company was bought by the current owning family in 1948 and began to manufacture a range of tools under the Footprint, Domino, Climax, John Bull and Clinker brands.

During World War 2 the divisions of the business we're engaged in manufacturing hand tools for British and Commonwealth forces. After the war Footprint continued to grow, manufacture and expand its range hand tools for the professional tradesman.

In 2004, Footprint cooperated with the University of Sheffield in a study of modern manufacturing techniques. In 2008 Footprint moved to a larger factory and invested in new forging equipment, but this process was interrupted by a global recession, and Footprint was unable to generate enough business to cover the cost of the upgrades. In early 2009 the company was forced to liquidate and lay off its staff in order to pay creditors

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tarkovsky

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Nice one. Was full of cars when I checked it, and then the next time I went it was gone! :(
 

intheshadowsofthecutler

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Footprint tools are still very much in production, at their new site albeit a shadow of what they were, I read how it came about was bad, and many of their classic tools are no longer made - I wouldn't be without their tinsnips for a starters! they make a great selection of cold and mason's chisels and of course the classic pipe wrenches,, essentials for the tool box
 
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musley

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Sheffield has a history of destroying beautiful buildings and heritage sights, prob going to build more student flats!
 

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