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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialised in tools for shoe makers and leather workers. The building closed around 2004.

This was my third visit to the site, over the years the site has deteriorated and before long the building will start to crumble. This was my first visit since the death of 0742, a Sheffield based explorer, who first showed me around this place and campaigned hard to  save it.  His ashes were recently spread around the site.  He’s at peace with the site he loved.  Miss you Mozaz.

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5 comments

  1. Great – hopefully I won’t get all the emails about office refits now.

  2. Richard Hinchliffe

    I have good news about this factory! George Barnsley & Sons is still open for business and is still making the tools they are famous for! The company has recently undergone a change of ownership & the new owners are in the process of resurrecting the famous George Barnsley & Sons brand. If you head to http://www.georgebarnsleyandsons.co.uk you can sign up and register your interest in their new site! They are currently compiling an online catalogue and this will offer a range of the traditional George Barnsley tools along with a range of heritage items, unused old stock and RARE end of line items!

  3. strange that i came across this when i searched for Geo Barnsley
    Excellent site
    I dont do Urbex myself (most of the time) but i do shoot
    i worked in the shoe repair trade for many years and all my tools were from here. Its a shame they are gone but people don’t appreciate the worth of good tools any more 🙁

  4. I have a hand made knife which has a refashioned brade. On the blade you can just make out ” George Barnsley & Co” . It came from my Great Grand Fathers work shop in Kettering, where they used to do work for the local shoe industry. All the power tools in this work shop were belt driven,. Unfortunately it no longer exists.
    I use the knife and other hand made tools I have whenever I can.

  5. SEEMS SAD THAT THIS BUILDING AND BUSINESS WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE. WISH IT COULD BE TURNED INTO A MUSEUM OR A BUILDING THAT COULD BE TOURED FOR SCHOOLS OR OTHER TYPE OF BUSINESS. THANK YOU FOR THE PEAK INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD.

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