Don Sawmills, Sheffield South Yorkshire, October 2019

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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.

48971039331_f42586ff66_z.jpg 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:

48949466086_a836c62774_b.jpg img3013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48949663342_01937ef6db_b.jpg img3014 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Round to the front:

48949639707_5ef3a4edbb_b.jpg img3759 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48948899213_d8704b33ba_b.jpg img3760 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48949639997_34bc86f7c8_b.jpg img3758bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

48949640447_b67ff32807_b.jpg img3757bw by HughieDW, on Flickr
And a close-up of the Phlegm:

48948894383_b2c90a42fa_b.jpg Don Saw Mills 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

In we go:

48949641492_7a6d98bbfc_b.jpg img3754 by HughieDW, on Flickr

There’s not too much to see:

48949446101_0fd9b0dca3_b.jpg img3745 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48949634322_488ab5d73f_b.jpg Don Saw Mills 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48948895198_649feb55ed_b.jpg Don Saw Mills 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48949634752_e3107184c1_b.jpg Don Saw Mills 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Possibly the most interesting thing inside – the old boiler:

48949643467_0f58b0eba0_b.jpg img3748 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The view out to the Don:

48949642307_a1a293d450_b.jpg img3752 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48949435701_e7640b302c_b.jpg Don Saw Mills 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Thats a pretty cool place. Stangely love the B & W ones here!

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