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Report - Stanley Tools, Sheffield - June 2012


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In 1843, Frederick Stanley started a small shop in New Britain, Connecticut, to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. With superior quality, consistent innovation, and rigorous operational improvement, Stanley’s company defined excellence, and so did his products.

The Stanley Rule and Level Company was founded in 1857 by Henry Stanley in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1920, this company merged with the separate but related Stanley Works, founded by Henry Stanley's cousin Frederick Trent Stanley, and continued operating as its hand tools division.

Stanley has been in Sheffield since 1937 with the acquisition of J.A Chapmans of Sheffield In 2008, the company consolidated a number of sites into a new facility at Hellaby near Rotherham, which apparently safeguarded a number of jobs, brought manufacture of Stanley products back to the UK from Asia.

Since 2008 the site in Sheffield has been vacant but currently, part of the bottom floor is rented for storage whilst the rest of the site is used for Airsoft most weekends.


I wanted to mooch around the Firth Brown Medical Centre but security quizzed me when I tried the car park and the police helicopter was circling above me by the wall so I thought I'd save that for another day - besides; I had to pick the missus up and there wasn't too much time anyway.

So; to pop my newbie cherry I paid a nice, easy visit to Stanley Tools in Sheffield - didn't have much time to spend in there but plan to pop back at some point.

I know it's been done to death but you've got to start somewhere I guess.

With the site being used for Airsoft CQB at the weekends there's BBs all over the place and loads of noisy canvas panels used for cover blowing about in there.

When I came out I went to have a look in the main reception building but a chap came out of there; "Are you an urban explorer" he asked; which threw me a little - I was expecting more of a "What are you doing here?!?"

He was really nice and didn't care if I was taking pictures at all and told me where some nice bits of the building were should I want to come back.

He told me that there are alarm sensors leading to the roof as some scrat-ends have been throwing stuff off there onto the coaches from the company next door - just an FYI if you're going there.

Had a lengthy chin-wag with him and then had to go so I didn't get in the main bit - save that for another day.









Found these in a fridge - expiry date on the top one was October 2003

This was on the second floor?





Full-size: Stanley Tools, June 2012 on Flickr
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