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Report - George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield - August 2015


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The Visit
Having tried this one a few months back with @Funlester and being completely baffled by how to get in the place I returned with @Bigian88 armed with a little more intel :)

This is one of those explores that you really can feel the history of the place I thought.. can just imagine what a hive of activity it must have been in its day. As Ian has already posted a report I've tried my best not to duplicate any shots of the same rooms etc.

The History
George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry.

There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers.

The business grew to become the world's leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley's survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed.










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Interesting wooden pieces inside, probably pitch pine or some other nice hardwood. great pics, seems an interesting place :-)

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