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    OK, so there's been a bit of lead time in me sharing this explore (23 years to be exact). But hopefully people will find it interesting. Here's a bit of background.

    Back in 1989 the East End of Sheffield, Attercliffe and Brightside, resembled something out of 'Apocolypse Now'. It was a very sad fall from grace for the area of a city that was once the powerhouse of the industrial revolution and home of Benjamin Huntsman who pioneered the crucible steel process back in 1740 and Harry Brearley who discovered stainless steel in 1912. The year of 1989 was a particularly grim one for Sheffield. The city, already reeling from the terminal decline of its once proud steel industry, then endured the horrors of the Hillsborough Disaster. You could almost taste the desolation in this part of the city.

    In 1989 I was doing my "City and Guilds in Photography". For my Black and White Photography module I chose "Dereliction" hence took a number of pictures of the city's decaying steel industry. The thing that struck me when I went down the East End was the sheer scale of dereliction: factory after factory waiting to be knocked down. The other startling thing was the complete lack of people in this once prosperous part of the city. And it wasn't just industrial dereliction. All the pubs, cafes and shops that supported the armies of steel workers also slipped into a terminal decline.

    Anyhow, hope you like the pictures.


    Eastend23_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend01_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend02_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend03_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend04_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend05_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend06_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend07_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend08_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend09_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend10_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend11_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend12_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend14_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend15_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend16_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend17_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend18_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr




    Eastend19_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend20_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Eastend21_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Awesome stuff

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    These are important images of the era, and would really benefit being shown in an exhibition of some sort to highlight the industrial decline in the area.

    Beautifully captured mate. Stuff like this excites me, and thanks for putting them up :)

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    Very nice. do you have any more? shame about the Gents clock though :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Hill View Post
    These are important images of the era, and would really benefit being shown in an exhibition of some sort to highlight the industrial decline in the area.

    Beautifully captured mate. Stuff like this excites me, and thanks for putting them up :)
    Cheers Silent Hill. You're right. Was trying to find exisitng pictures via Google picture search to try and help me identify individual factories etc but there is little up there to be honest.

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    Really nice set Hughie.. good to see some nice old film shots :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCrosbie View Post
    Very nice. do you have any more? shame about the Gents clock though :(
    Thanks MCrosbie. There may be one or two others - will have a sift. All on negative of course so not as easy to find as digital images! If I find any more will add them to this thread.

    We did shoot a video for my then band in the building shown in the first picture. Here's a link so you can see inside the building...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaWslqSEiJ8"]Poisonous Little Creatures - Head

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    Well that vid got my feet tapping :) Cool ;)

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    Very nice indeed!
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    Certainly different, love seeing old urbex photographs!
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