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Report - George Barnsley & Sons (Cornish Works), Sheffield, Feb '17



Toblerone

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This ones been done before i know, but it really stood out to us as something special.

History
George Barnsley & Sons was a firm making shoe making tools. Files and knives mostly. Founded in 1836 it wasn't until 1852 before they moved into the Cornish Works site in the Kelham Island/Neepsend area of Sheffield. Around 1948 the company was changed to a limited company, around 10 years after this George Barnsley the founder of the firm died at home.

Our Explore
Explored by @Sheffieldexplorer & @starbarwillow I'd been eyeing this one for a while, an opportunity presented itself and we were in. Now i'm not the most experienced, but this is easily the best site I've been in. And i can't image it being beat anytime soon. It's so old and well preserved, a real insight to how things used to be. almost like stepping back in time, such an interesting site. Yes there is some graffiti and vandalism. However for the most part it is complete and you can see everything as it would have been. Having said that, a couple of the tourist attractions in there seem to have gone missing (the tea box and the reception window). The layout of the site is really different the way things are done these days, leaving us to get lost a few times. I'm sure we didn't see the whole site, but still managed to burn through three batteries in the camera. A good few hours looking round snapping away, trying not to fall through the floors! This place is great for photos, the shots just come to you(as pointed out by some handy graffiti). It is part of the Sheffield tourist trail, but it really is worth a visit. Although, on a second visit a fortnight later our access had been sealed and work was underway to add more security to the surrounding areas. So not sure how much longer this will be (easily) doable. Add to that the fact that there is massive investment into redevelopment of the surrounding areas, means that this one unfortunately might not be around for forever longer.

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Cheers

Toblerone
 
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