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Thread: Don Sawmills, Sheffield South Yorkshire, October 2019

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    Default Don Sawmills, Sheffield South Yorkshire, October 2019

    1. The History
    Getting their name due to their very close proximity to the River Don, Don Sawmills are located on Saville Street, Sheffield. Initially the building was built in the 1870s to house a steam driven sawmill.

    More recently it used to be Henry Matthews timber merchants. The remaining building next to the former car dealership was the sawmill and the lumber storage yard was on the opposite side of the river. The storage yard was also close to the railway viaduct and Matthews used two of viaduct's arches for drying/seasoning rough cut boards, before they were finished in the mill. The two parts of the business were originally connect by a ramshackle old wooden bridge until this was replaced around 1949 with a Bailey Bridge, installed by the local TA detachment of the Royal Engineers. Later, this bridge was dismantled after the mill closed, then refurbished and reassembled further down-stream as part of the Five Weirs Walk. The remains of the sawmill were Grade II listed in 1995 although the front section of the building was demolished sometime around 2007.

    Archive picture of the front of the building before the street facing section of the mill was demo’ed. Also, note to the left the former “Hole in the Wall” public house which was also knocked down.

    Don Sawmills by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Explore
    To be honest I’ve passed this place so many times but never bothered to go in. However one day I decided to hop the boards and have a look for myself, such is the shortage of explore sites in Sheffield currently. It’s a small site and not too much to look at and getting up to the next floor is probably not worth the effort. That said, I managed to get enough decent pictures to scrape a report together. So nothing to get too excited about thought I post it anyhow as this place doesn’t normally get reported on hence was something a bit new.

    3. The Pictures

    A couple of pictures from the other side of the Don:

    img3013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3014 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Round to the front:

    img3759 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3760 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3758bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3757bw by HughieDW, on Flickr
    And a close-up of the Phlegm:

    Don Saw Mills 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In we go:

    img3754 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There’s not too much to see:

    img3745 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Don Saw Mills 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Don Saw Mills 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Don Saw Mills 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Possibly the most interesting thing inside – the old boiler:

    img3748 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The view out to the Don:

    img3752 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This is the hole I made! Fortunately, only one leg went through, but it shook me up a bit!

    Don Saw Mills 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: etc100, Hugh Jorgan, KJurbex, Locksley, Mearing, MrGruffy, Sabtr, TopAbandoned
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    Join Date
    June 2014


    Thats a pretty cool place. Stangely love the B & W ones here!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD

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