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    Default George Barnsley's, Sheffield, South Yorks, September 2017


    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    Sadly the factory became outdated and the inefficient production meant that the company could not keep pace with a competitive import market.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 head 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 charm 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. I came away with a lot of pix to the point that I’m splitting them over two reports.

    3. The Pictures

    Off the hook again!

    img2823 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Old winching technology:

    img2831 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Where’s the old Brut aftershave bottle gone?

    img2832 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2835 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2836 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A bit of new graff:

    img2838 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2840 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2841 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    More fresh Graff

    img2852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2856 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Old grinding stones:

    img2868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2860 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2862 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2881 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2873 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    That staircase:

    img2877 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2880 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2882 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2884 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2885 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img2886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img2891 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img2900 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK – that’s it for now. Part 2 coming soon!
    Last edited by HughieD; 23rd Sep 17 at 07:40.

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    You got some beautiful pics there mate, really nice report. I especially love the detail shots, the opener is great, shame the date is rotted away the newspaper one. Nice work, cheers!

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    That indenture made interesting reading.The chap was bound for 7 years and 271 days as an apprentice,seems a long time to learn how to make files.
    To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child....Cicero

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    That indenture made interesting reading.The chap was bound for 7 years and 271 days as an apprentice,seems a long time to learn how to make files.
    Nothing to do with learning a 'trade', but all to do with reaching one's age of maturity - 21! Until that age the young 13 year old would have been at his Master's beck and call, to do all the crap stuff that required doing on a daily basis. And yes; it probably did entailed emptying the house chamber pots each morning.

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    Good work. I’m gonna have to go back soon... for a fifth time... still more to see!

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    Very nice set of images Hughie. Photograph 4 shows part of the original overhead drive shaft and belting that powered the original stamping machines, not any sort of winching equipment.

    Brewtal - The date on the newspaper is after Aug 1984 and the 'Frankie goes to Hollywood' and Jacko articles hold searchable clues. As do the fines handed down after the Second Division FA promotional match between Newcastle United and Sunderland - should you wish to find a good approximate date. Classic case of a good photograph holding all the clues - which is why I get so much enjoyment from this Forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    Very nice set of images Hughie. Photograph 4 shows part of the original overhead drive shaft and belting that powered the original stamping machines, not any sort of winching equipment.

    Brewtal - The date on the newspaper is after Aug 1984 and the 'Frankie goes to Hollywood' and Jacko articles hold searchable clues. As do the fines handed down after the Second Division FA promotional match between Newcastle United and Sunderland - should you wish to find a good approximate date. Classic case of a good photograph holding all the clues - which is why I get so much enjoyment from this Forum!
    Cheers Dirus. As always I appreciate your higher level info!

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    I've been exploring in Sheffield a couple of times, and never did this place... Would like to see it one day.
    Excellent as always, Hughie :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    I've been exploring in Sheffield a couple of times, and never did this place... Would like to see it one day.
    Excellent as always, Hughie :)
    Come up and see me and I'll show you round mate ;-)

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    Looking good Hughie. Shame to hear about the development.

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