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Report - George Barnsley & Son's Cornish Works - Sheffield - May 2010

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Well this place had been done before by a few people and to be fair it had never jumped out at me as something perticualy epic. A few weeks back me and Dweeb were in sheff for the day and he suggested we check it out as he had had no luck on a few previous attempts. Once he explained the problem i knew what was needed and we got in without too much worry, later returning with rooks for more!

George Barnsley and Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.
George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and then in 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street. They had by this time also increased their product range to include steel files and shoe & butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools.
In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd.
Now i must say we thought it would be quite good but once in we realised had TOTALY underestimated it. It is simply one of the best time warps ive ever seen. You could be stepping straight back into the 1940s! Theres not a sniff of anything post 1960s in the whole place! It appears they just never updated anything. Its amazing to belive it was still up and running a few years ago as it feels like a musem set! I really cant explain everything we found in there or id be here all night but this example i think sums it up well.


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On the back of one door there is a notice dated 1948, which is, its self, amazing! but look underneath where the notice has peeled off.. "They Talked - It Happened" Yes thats a world war two poster still up on the wall... and thats not the only one, most defiantly not the only one! :eek:


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