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Report - George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield, February 2021


Wi1son

28DL Full Member
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A Sheffield classic, many reports but here’s my take!

The explore:

Been eyeing this place up for a couple years now, and having narrowly missed an opportunity for access last year, I was determined to get in! When an opportunity did arise over the weekend, my expectations were definitely exceeded. You could spend hours here and not get sick of it, there seems to be endless rooms all offering something slightly different. Highly recommend for anyone who hasn’t already been.

History (Stolen from @HughieD, who also helped me on access to here so big shout out to him!):

George Barnsley and sons were England's premier makers of forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers The company was founded in 1836 and was initially based on Wheeldon Street. Records show they moved to Cornhill in 1847 and then on to Cornish Place, on the River Don, just three years later. By this time they had expanded their product range to include steel files and butchers knives. George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. The company grew throughout the 19th century and the Barnsley family were well thought of in the Steel city. Their 1944 listing identified them as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools. Four years later they became a Ltd company. George Barnsley died at his home at No. 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958 where he lived with wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. Sadly the factory became outdated and the inefficient production meant that the company could not keep pace with a competitive import market. With the costs of production growing George Barnsley's closed its doors in 2003. The site has sat derelict and unused ever since.

Photos:
Exterior-
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Arches -
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Machinery -
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More shelves than you’ll ever need -
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Residential(?) rooms -
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Other cool stuff -
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Wi1son

28DL Full Member
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Fair points from all, if it matters, I do only live a 5 minute walk down the road from here so falls under daily exercise in local area?
 

mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Fair points from all, if it matters, I do only live a 5 minute walk down the road from here so falls under daily exercise in local area?
Exploring doesn't come under daily exercise even if it's in your local area, it's only allowed in open public spaces, of which GB's is neither.
 

tarkovsky

xtal
Regular User
One of the finest derps still going strong in 2021. Nice photos. When the work started a couple of years ago assumed that this would be converted soon but turned out only to be Wharncliffe works next door. It's also interesting to look at some of the earliest reports from here and see how much it's changed inside since 2007 - the offices look like they're going to collapse in on themselves these days!
 

dave

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I personally think those are cracking images as good as ive seen from there tbh.
 

Wi1son

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28DL Full Member
One of the finest derps still going strong in 2021. Nice photos. When the work started a couple of years ago assumed that this would be converted soon but turned out only to be Wharncliffe works next door. It's also interesting to look at some of the earliest reports from here and see how much it's changed inside since 2007 - the offices look like they're going to collapse in on themselves these days!
Don’t quote me on this but there’s some kind of tunnel underneath the arches in the first photo which if you follow leads to new brick work, which I’m guessing is the new foundations for Wharncliffe Works perhaps?
I personally think those are cracking images as good as ive seen from there tbh.
Cheers! Not bad for an iPhone I suppose
 

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