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Sheffield’s Old Factories & Workshops (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    During my own lifetime, the City of Sheffield, once the world’s foremost steel and cutlery producer, has changed massively. Most of the steel works which once dominated the entire ‘East End’ of the city are long gone, as are most of the old cutlery factories and workshops which were spread across the entire town. The vast majority were demolished in the 1980’s, with the wrecking ball and the bulldozer transforming the city, but some remain, either as derelict buildings, or transformed into city centre apartments and bars. The best of those still standing are now covered by preservation orders, but little effort seems to be put into actually preserving them, and they are crumbling into ruins. A few firms still exist, rare survivors in this once industrial city. I thought I’d share a few photos of some of the remaining old factories, you may even see one where your old Sheffield Penknife was made in a far-distant time. The loss of industry has had many negative effects on the town, but it has certainly meant for cleaner air and cleaner rivers, as the last photo shows. Trout, and even Salmon, have returned to the River Don, where only a few decades ago, nothing lived.

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    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

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  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

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  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

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  7. r redden

    r redden Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2015
    Great pictures Jack I love the industrial architecture thanks for the Sunday morning tour.
     
  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Randy, I've been meaning to post these pics for a while, and Sunday seemed the right time :thumbup:
     
  9. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Thanks for the tour, Jack!
     
  10. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    You're welcome Mike :thumbup:
     
  11. VCM3

    VCM3 Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 26, 2005
    Thank You,very much Jack Black :thumbup:
     
  12. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Vince :thumbup:
     
  13. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    It would be nice if those preservation orders came with the money to accomplish the preservation.
    Thanks for sharing your photographic preservations.
     
  14. JITDC

    JITDC Gold Member Gold Member

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    Very cool picture and background! Thank you for posting those Jack. It's a shame to see so many of those buildings fall into disrepair. However the positive environmental trade off has to be some consolation I'm sure.


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  15. GasMan1

    GasMan1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 27, 2015
    Jack, you spent quite some time on that. Thank you for sharing.
     
  16. Stringplucker

    Stringplucker Gold Member Gold Member

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    Stunning photos. I worked in manufacturing for many years, working in many old buildings like these as a toolmaker in my beginning years. The architecture is truly stunning. I now live in the Pittsburgh, PA region, where we have many of these same type of old steel plants and glass works buildings sitting vacant...speaking volumes to what used to take place there. The borough in which I live currently was world known for it's glass manufacturing, and the next borough down river was known for it's steel manufacturing. Where once an old steel mill stood, now stands a massive, mostly automated steel plant. Across the river, we have the old Alcoa plant, sitting empty...another testament to what once was, but won't ever be again.

    I love getting out and snapping photos of relics like these, as well as learning about their history. I've often found myself in the store room of the local historical society, pouring over thousands of old photos, learning about what life was like back in the day. Through those photos, I feel a connection to what man can truly create through intelligence and the sweat of the brow.

    Consequently, I've also been able to locate photos of my house, long before neighboring homes were built nearby. My house was built in the mid 1890's, back when glass and steel production were high, and nearly everyone was gainfully employed in the area.

    Thank you very much for posting the photos...
     
  17. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    an amazing set of photos
    All those building ready for renovation into quality housing
    Hope it goes to the homeless not the rich
     
  18. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Dec 24, 2016
    Incredible photos, thank you for sharing them and the story.


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  19. danno50

    danno50 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Great tour, Jack, thanks for posting the photos. Very sad to see what was once a centre of such industry reduced to dereliction.
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  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words folks, I'm glad the pics are of interest :thumbup:

    Yes indeed. Sadly, while the owners are not allowed to demolish them, they tend to just be left to crumble, until eventually they are in such a state they have to be demolished for public safety :(

    Thanks for a very interesting post :) Another Pittsburgh poster (Vanguard) very kindly sent me a book about the city. There are only two surviving Bessamer Converters in the world, the one in Sheffield shown above, and this one in Pittsburgh :thumbup:

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