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    Default EON Works, Sheffield, S.Yorks, June 2016


    Not been able to get out and about much recently and locally here in Sheffield there's not much new to explore. This is nothing too exciting but it's not been reported on as far as I'm aware so here goes. G.H. White & Co Ltd/EON works is situated on Earl Street in the Cultural Industries Quarter of Sheffield. Axis Architecture are planning to demolish it and construct a new five-storey building containing 129 studios and apartments so it might not be around for much longer.

    The former heat treatment works served Sheffield's metals industry, in particular the cutlery trade. It opened in 1939 and G.H. White was first incorporated in 1941. Shortly after the works were apparently damaged during the blitz. After that the history on the place gets a bit sketchy. Although Eon works has been empty for some time the company now trades as 'Special Steel Co' out of their new premises on Bacon Lane (S9).

    Here’s the pix.

    Stylish but simple façade:

    img5588 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5620 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bit of Andy Warhol-style street art:

    img5589 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Peeling paint porn:

    img5590 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    External wall shot:

    img5622 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    All shuttered up on the street side:

    img5586 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the other side too:



    img5591 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The new and the old:

    img5621 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5598 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside is a bit bare:

    img5592bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5619 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Apart from a bit of nature that has come in:

    img5593 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the old pipe-work:

    img5596 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This reminds me of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester:

    img5597 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some old lifting gear:

    img5609 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Factory floor:

    img5615 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Factory wall:

    img5617 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!

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    Some nice colours there, thanks Hughie.

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    Nicely done. Shame about the graffiti though, spoils the look of the building, I think...
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    Love it! Great collection especially the siren not to many of them around now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Love it! Great collection especially the siren not to many of them around now.
    Cheers mate. Ah, so that's what it is!

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    you have taken some cracking photos there Hughie

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    doesn't look like theres much left of the place good find though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Love it! Great collection especially the siren not to many of them around now.
    Sorry to disappoint; it is a fan motor and fan box framework for the extract system. Originally fitted with a low power fan to each of the circular apertures in the tops of the gable ends, the set up was totally inadequate. It was replaced by large external ductwork (a remaining section is shown) joining the original fan openings to the roof mounted fan / junction boxes, when the heat treatment process got more complicated. A well cited example of a good extraction installation to an old building in its day. They solved some quite complicated heat treatment problems for my old employer many, many years ago!

    Air raid sirens have the motor shaft mounted horizontally and for dynamic balance have a siren wheel and cover at each end of the shaft. In the early 60's, my department spent many days plotting the sound spread and audibility of Civil Defence sirens mounted on our buildings/land - just to ensure the total population would know the 'Reds' were coming and one could hide under the bed for safety. Funny times back then, especially when one now reads what the actual state of play really was! Thank goodness for common sense, on all sides.

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    Really liking this one hughie.some nice colours and textures here.great report
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    Really liking this one hughie.some nice colours and textures here.great report
    Cheers Mikey. Not been getting so far afield recently and Sheffield is getting fewer options what with all the redevelopment so nice to find something new...

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