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George Barnsley Tools The Explore I think it was a Sunday in January with @Urbexbandoned and we decided to make the shortish drive to Sheffield to have a look at this place as it seemed to have died down on the forums for the few months previous. It's now May and i'm just catching up with my shit and cursing Flickr for being a dick every time I get the motivation to post a report. We turned up early and got immediately lucky when a bloke with an early morning Maccies was entering the courtyard gates. Thanks to @Fekneejit for the information on the day, top lad and thank you. The entrance/exit was made considerably easier The History (stolen from @KarlPhoto365) George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialized in forged filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield Directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street. The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works, Cornesh street. They had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958. He lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which manufactured steel and files. The business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He died at the age of 83. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4/5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Some nice posters that I walked past about five times before I noticed them up high on a wall.. 14. 15. 16. 17. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated