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One from earlier in the year. This had been on the list for a while and I was really happy to finally see the place. There was some graff and vandalism in evidence when we went, I believe it's even worst now. Visited with non member Paul.
HISTORY
George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry.  There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers. The business grew to become the world’s leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley’s survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed.

 

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Thanks for Looking :)

 

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Very nicely shot especially the ones with subdued lighting. 

Good that you got to visit before it was too late as it was one of the best of its kind. 

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Still never made it here, nice pics mate :thumb 

 

On 28 December 2017 at 1:45 PM, jones-y-gog said:

Very nicely shot especially the ones with subdued lighting. 

Good that you got to visit before it was too late as it was one of the best of its kind. 

 

Has it gone downhill now?

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Cheers lads :thumb

There is a couple of more recent reports on 28dl that shows more vandalism and shit graff. The wooden walk way has somehow been destroyed now also.

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