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Report - George Barnsley's, Sheffield, September 2017


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1. The History
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Sadly the factory became outdated and the inefficient production meant that the company could not keep pace with a competitive import market.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, although the site is now on the market and up for redevelopment.

2. The Explore
Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get back round this place (nearly two years). One visit is not enough so on a lovely sunny September morning me and two non-members, J-Ruff and San-Fan, headed off to explore the place. Entry was via the usual route. Not particularly demanding but a bit round the houses. Initially we thought we weren’t going to be able to get in when we saw workman in the nearby Wharncliffe Works that adjoins but fortunately they were in a different yard to the one we had to scurry across.

I’d heard that the place had been getting a bit of a beating of recent. This is true in that some crap graff has appeared, some of the artefacts have now gone (the Brut aftershave bottle, the Typhoo Tea box and the teapot). Some knob-head has also smashed the “Office Enquiries. Ring” glass too. That said, the place still has its charms and is still very much worth a visit. It remains one of the best places I’ve ever explored. It was really good going back for a revisit as I spotted quite a few things that I didn’t see first time around.

3. The Pictures

Off the hook again!

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Old winching technology:

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Where’s the old Brut aftershave bottle gone?

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A bit of new graff:

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More fresh Graff

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Old grinding stones:

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That staircase:

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OK – that’s it for now. Part 2 coming soon!


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Good to see this set @HughieD The room with the green cupboards is probably one of my favourite rooms in the world. Each time I go I assume it’s the last time, but then a new report pops up and rekindles the need! Ha!