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Report - Stanley Tools, Sheffield, May 2012


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The History

The former Stanley Tools factory began as the Industry Works of James Arscott Chapman, listed in Goodman's Guide as a toolmaker and metal plane maker. The site was acquired by The Stanley Works in 1937.

In 2008 Stanley consolidated this site with their sites in Ecclesfield and Hellaby to form a single factory on the Hellaby site.

“During the past few years there has been the need for essential restructuring. Unfortunately there were redundancies, the bulk of these were dealt with by voluntary redundancies and mostly all amicably. With this now behind us we look forward to an exciting future and the chance to make Hellaby a truly world class facility."
Increasingly large parts of the 3.7 Acre facility are currently in use as a venue for airsoft, while the property itself remains on the market with Right Move stating that they "... understand the site currently has PLANNING PERMISSION for 179 units being a mixture of flats and houses."

I visited the site twice for these pictures, once with a fellow Sheffield explorer. A return is probably in order to recapture some of the views from the rooftops, which, while spectacular, were somewhat dampened by the thick cloud.

The Pictures

A panorama of the majority of the buildings, admin on the left and the factory buildings to the right:

The famous map, ironically missing Britain itself:

There are some serious water issues throughout the place, with puddles across a lot of the floors:

Just in case you really hate Denmark or South Africa:

Some of the sheets used as cover by the airsofters:

Some of the space that hasn't been used:

Including this nice desk and tonnes of original paperwork:

The infirmary which looks as though it has been mocked up as a set for a horror movie:

Some evidence of the more laid back side of things:

The lowest of the factory floors, with puddles allowing for some nice reflections:

Some of a large number of toolboxes and other random components that had been left:

Obligatory peeling paint shot in the bathroom. Not too inviting:

Some of the graffiti is pretty special:


As is the view from the roof:

Thanks for looking, constructive criticism in welcome :)​


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Cheers guys :)

A few more examples of the graffiti:





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Thanks everyone :thumb. Just wanted to add these as they won't make for a new report by themselves, the clouds broke for the first time in what seemed like weeks:




Hope you like!

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