Road Trip - Sheffield

My first and hopefully not last visit to the Steel City, very positively surprised by it, one day trip turned out to be pretty epic experience, we managed to visit 3 out of 4 planned locations.

all locations visited with: Keïteï, Subversive Photography, TrankmasT and Sammydoublewhammy.

Firth Vickers Stainless Steels

First stop on our trip, quite easy access and good chilled explore, met the best security guard on the way out, who officially allowed and encouraged us to go ahead and explore :) big thumb up.

Firth Vickers were a major name in Sheffield's steel empire, and perhaps best known for the invention of Stainless steel in 1912. They branded this 'Staybrite' which gives this works its name.

Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of  Harry Brearly they developed high chrome stainless steel.

George Barnsley and Sons Cornish Works

Place was superb, mostly made of wood, which reminded me of my great-grandparents shop long time closed in the Skrzydlów village i used to explore as a child...

George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.

Thorpe Marsh Power Station

Last stop of our trip, didn't expect much from this location, but got completely blown away by it, Subversive find out the sunset time for the day, which added so much to otherwise quite empty scenery.

Construction of the station began in 1959, it being built as a prototype for all the large modern power stations in the UK. It was commissioned between 1963 and 1965. It contained 2 generating sets powered by coal, and had a gas turbine set using an industrial static version of a Rolls-Royce Avon aero engine with a capacity of 14.9 MW. On 7 January 1973 four workmen died. The CEGB was put under investigation for breaches in safety provisions but they were found to have all died accidental deaths. The station closed in 1994.

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