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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 :thumb 

 

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

 

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Some nice posters that I walked past about five times before I noticed them up high on a wall..

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As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated :thumb 

 

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Dont mind looking at photos of this place at all and thats a pretty good set mate.

 

Decay and constant traffic has started to make the place a bit worse for wear but still worth a mooch alll the same :thumb

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Amazing to see how this place has deteriorated over the years, I'm surprised it's still there! Nice selection of photos, those old posters are a touch! :) 

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Loved this explore, was a funny day. Really like 5, 7 11 & 17 :) you've got some really good shots despite being critical of them. Nice reading what others have put because really we all agree. 

 

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On 13 May 2016 at 9:43 AM, Hydro said:

Dont mind looking at photos of this place at all and thats a pretty good set mate.

 

Decay and constant traffic has started to make the place a bit worse for wear but still worth a mooch alll the same :thumb

 

Thanks Matt :) yeah it's getting pretty shabby to be honest but i enjoyed the mooch nonetheless :) 

 

On 13 May 2016 at 10:00 AM, The_Raw said:

Nice set there mate, like those old knife posters and the old radio :thumb

 

:comp: 

 

Cheers Damo :thumb 

 

On 13 May 2016 at 10:00 AM, Maniac said:

Amazing to see how this place has deteriorated over the years, I'm surprised it's still there! Nice selection of photos, those old posters are a touch! :) 

 

Yeah me too mate, i think the combination gates keeping the goons out is the only thing that's keeping it alive (barely) lol :) 

 

On 13 May 2016 at 10:07 AM, SecretsToYesterday said:

what a great place! Love picture #12! :thumb

 

Thank you :thumb 

 

On 13 May 2016 at 10:11 AM, Fekneejit said:

Took me 3 visits to notice those posters :)

Lovely set dude

 

I walked past them enough times too lol :) 

 

On 13 May 2016 at 3:07 PM, Urbexbandoned said:

Loved this explore, was a funny day. Really like 5, 7 11 & 17 :) you've got some really good shots despite being critical of them. Nice reading what others have put because really we all agree. 

 

:thumb 

 

Thanks T :) I enjoyed the day too as always. Shot are meh.. :D 

 

16 hours ago, coolboyslim said:

Nice one m8ty some cracking pics of a rather nice place ... thx for post and pics

 

Cheers CBS matey :) Cool little place, get yourself along there :thumb 

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This look like a cool location, nice shots, my favorites: 6, 11, 12 en 16.

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On 15 May 2016 at 11:13 AM, WildBoyz said:

Great set of shots, makes me a little nostalgic for the place. 

 

Thanks mate, yeah the place gets a bit of stick for being done to death but i really enjoyed the place :) 

 

On 15 May 2016 at 1:53 PM, Perjury Saint said:

Pictures of GBs never fail to make me think 'I must pop back here'... Love it!! :thumb

 

Yeah mate it's definitely worth a few hours of leisurely snapping that's for sure :) Cheers mate :thumb 

 

On 15 May 2016 at 7:23 PM, Vief said:

This look like a cool location, nice shots, my favorites: 6, 11, 12 en 16.

 

Thanks for having a look Vief, i enjoyed this one :) 

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