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This was the last stop on the trip yesterday. Very big place with some interesting bits in there. History The Dyson Group was founded by John Dyson in Stannington back in 1834. Dyson was born in Sheffield in 1777 and was baptised in St Peter's, Sheffield on the 28th of May 1777, he died on the 24th of December 1851 and is buried in Christ Church, Stannington. The business was a success from the word go, creating ceramics for the local steel industry and homes. Very little can be said in the way of history as Dysons would go on successfully creating ceramics using the same traditional method of gas fired kilns right up until 2005 when the Stannington works was closed due to the gas bill becoming too costly to justify. The Dyson Group does still continue to produce ceramics in their Totley factory, just up the road.
History Dyson Thermal Technologies was founded in the early 1800s, in the small valley of Stannington, by John Dyson. Initially it was operated solely by Mr. Dyson, who single-handedly mined clay to make bricks; however, by 1838 the business was listed as John Dyson and Son: Black Clay Miners and Firebrick Manufacturers. In the years that followed, Dyson became known as a high quality, high volume refractory manufacturer in the UK, and as the company grew it also became a manufacturer for ceramics; for the booming steel industry in Sheffield. Unfortunately, however, as technologies progressed in the late 90s and early 00s, which made it more economically viable to run plants that incurred lower energy costs, Dysonâ€™s traditional manufacturing process which relied heavily on using gas fired kilns became increasingly more expensive to maintain. By 2005 a decision was made to move all operations to China and, subsequently, the plant closed down later that year; although the offices continued to operate for some time after the â€˜officialâ€™ closure date to ensure that the relocation was smooth and efficient. Our Version of Events Knowing that Dyson Thermal Technologies has been done countless times before, I canâ€™t say we expected much as we pulled up outside. Nevertheless, we were driven to visit on account of the slither of curiosity that remained somewhere inside ourselves. The day didnâ€™t look hopeful as we set off in the rough direction of Stannington though, as dark clouds loomed in the sky and the windscreen began to blur with a light patter of rain. However, fortunately, when we arrived the rain decided to stop momentarily, so we seized the moment and darted inside as quickly as two sleep-deprived people could manage. Once inside, while staring at a semi-demolished section of the plant, we instantly began to wonder what we were doing and why weâ€™d wasted the time to even get out of the car. But, we decided to persevere and all in all Iâ€™m quite glad we did. While the upstairs parts of the plant are almost entirely ruined, downstairs, in the lower sections, the old brick kilns can be found, and they were certainly worth the effort. Additionally, as we made our way around more of the site, other interesting relics of Dysonâ€™s factory began to emerge and, although a lot of it has been vandalised, some fairly photogenic bits and pieces still remain. Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Dyson Thermal Technologies Chimney 2: Lift and Cage 3: Dyson Technologies in Ruins 4: Leftover Pallets 5: Heading Downstairs 6: Office Downstairs 7: Some of the Good Stuff 8: Old Produce 9: Broken Cart 10: Dyson's Warehouse 11: Single Chair in the Warehouse 12: Kiln Area 13: Kilns 14: Looking Inside one of the Large Kilns 15: Workmen's Lockers 16: Storage Area 17: Oil Tankers 18: Dyson from Up Above 19: Looking Down 20: We Have Power 21: Amperes 22: The Red Chair 23: Looking Through to the Garage 24: Scales 25: Former Workshop Area 26: Files and Paperwork 27: Storage Racks 28: 'Leave Only Footprints' 29: Walking Among the Ruins 30: The Chimney
Another site from mine and Landie's brief trip Northwards...looking at other reports from here we missed a fair bit internally but a mix of the overwhelming amount of welded together heras fencing, quite a lot of exhaustion and a pair of very very sodden feet belonging to me after I took an early bath put a downer on things really. It's a nice site, mega fooked from semi-demolition, the acoustics with the wind blowing everything loose around was great though. Another one that's been done loads but for those who don't know, Dyson Thermal Technologies (not to be confused with the vacuum cleaner manufacturer) manufactered bricks at the site in Stannington near Sheffield. Not much to write home about but more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157644138208568/
Digging through files found this little mouch with Thestig and NIC81, thanks to stig for appalling directions in the woods an giggles History well done in the past no much has st saw a report recently showing not much has changed since we visited. Pics Thanks for looking, all feedback welcome Flickr