Ridgway Tools, Sheffield, June 2015

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HughieD

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This is one of the bigger sites in Sheffield although it doesn’t get the attention that George Barnsley’s, The Courts or Cannon Brewery gets. Nothing special architecturally for the outside, it’s easy access and well trashed but its sheer size and the fab street art inside make it worth while exploring. There are some good views to be had from the roof but we declined that particular part of the place. Explored with non-member S-Kempy. Here’s the history bit.

18823890150_17c067f601_b.jpgIm1945Benn-Ridgeway2 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The history of Sheffield’s former William Ridgway Tools factory (also known as Parkway Works) is a complicated one. It used to manufacture augers, bits, wood-boring and motorising tools. It was originally founded in 1878 and soon became a private company in 1909. The current building was constructed some time in the 1930s. William Ridgway Tools merged with Record Tools in 1972 to form Record Ridgway Tools Ltd. Record were a fellow Sheffield company with a reputation for producing quality clamps, wrenches, vices and cutters. They were set up by Charles J Hampton with the help of his two sons in the early 1900s having fallen out with his brother Joseph in 1898.

The enlarged company now consisted of 14 UK Companies with 5 overseas companies. A second merger with Marples who Ridgway had earlier purchased an equal 50% in in 1962 along with Record ensued. Marples, a woodwork tools company, resulted in the company changing its name to Record Marples Tools. Record Marples was itself taken over by the Swedish hardware manufacturer AB Bahco in 1982. A management three years later in 1985 returned the company to British ownership. However, the company struggled financially and went into administration in 1998. It was then acquired by US-based Irwin Tools in 1998 but was closed down soon after as the American owners moved production to China.

OK...here are the pictures!

Ridgway tools here we go:

18338682054_9c26e08d15_b.jpgimg9870 by HughieDW, on Flickr

On the way in:

18337138794_2f060ae2c8_b.jpgimg9810 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18337083174_9c41754923_b.jpgimg9811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…with nature knocking at the door:

18338733524_463917e059_b.jpgimg9869 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Some lovely Coloquix work here:

18337020234_68c0c6e192_b.jpgimg9815 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Then on to the first large downstairs place:

18771863938_253d043856_b.jpgimg9816 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18959900045_edb1f4c69d_b.jpgimg9825 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18772158410_116ce3b7ec_b.jpgimg9827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not too sure of the artist’s name here:

18962424571_0fd62e6c3a_b.jpgimg9818 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…or this one:

18338141044_b6cb8ab2cd_b.jpgimg9835 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Think this one is by Color(?):

18337195854_ab3e4021db_b.jpgimg9820 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Apart from the graff, the side-buildings are trashed and empty:

18933804536_3f81129064_b.jpgimg9832 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…except for the old spade:

18934517716_7f541301e5_b.jpgimg9834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

But our friend Coloquix has been very busy:

18933753196_5ab6181fed_b.jpgimg9821 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Someone forgot to fill up the hand wash:

18337382034_c6ab08f86f_b.jpgimg9823 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…and the basin, well…don’t ask:

18772876508_3a6186e5ff_b.jpgimg9838 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A second trashed and bare downstairs room:

18955218602_125cb98c57_b.jpgimg9837 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Let’s go up-stairs:

18774255879_34973000f6_b.jpgimg9841 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It’s quite airy:

18774630289_7aed1f915c_b.jpgimg9842 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And again quite trashed:

18964583431_b15036834f_b.jpgimg9849 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And there’s yet more graff:

18964527681_4742ec71d5_b.jpgimg9854 by HughieDW, on Flickr

But there’s plenty of spare locker space:

18773104870_9ca94d5c8c_b.jpgimg9833 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18772836258_cd1272efe6_b.jpgimg9839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18961721775_6e44287301_b.jpgimg9846 by HughieDW, on Flickr

What’s the time? It’s happy o’clock:

18775457949_7b7a406700_b.jpgimg9847 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Back downstairs…and this is the biggie – a wonderful bit of art by Phlegm:

18773814230_a47c9e5934_b.jpgimg9860 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18961450265_a5f9fa4f37_b.jpgimg9863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory dead pigeon shot:

18956014342_3c26a5b724_b.jpgimg9864 by HughieDW, on Flickr

18773690148_1a3eca4eba_b.jpgimg9868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Didn’t make the roof:

18775608009_3faecc12e7_b.jpgimg9872 by HughieDW, on Flickr

That’s all folks:

18955808202_718ed3ee86_b.jpgimg9871 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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DirtyJigsaw

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Liking this a lot, one of your best. I see some graff artists who have been in cannon have been in here too. Nice set
 

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Nice one hughie,nearly looked here when we were up there,but time was running out.
 

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Intended to have a nose in here last year but as we rocked up we realised there was a hell of a lot of crashing and banging coming from inside, we hung around outside and sure enough some pikeys were going in and out of the place so sacked it off. One for next time.
 

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Spectacular report! Actually like a lot of that graf.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful set of photos! :)
 

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Done the old place proud there, fella! But there are great views from the roof. When the loading bay doors used to be slightly open the local prozzies used to squeeze in with their punters!!!!!!
 

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Done the old place proud there, fella! But there are great views from the roof. When the loading bay doors used to be slightly open the local prozzies used to squeeze in with their punters!!!!!!

Ha ha...cheers mate. Actually there were a pair of knickers hanging up just near our entry point. Think they must have belonged to one of those very ladies you mention.
 

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