Harworth Colliery Conveyor

Harworth Colliery used a conveyor belt to move spoil away from the mine. The mine was put on “care & maintenance” in 2005 and not much has happened since.

In total the belt is about 1km long.

It’s a conveyor belt.

A long, straight conveyor belt.

You are going to see pictures of a mucky rubber belt.

Lots of pictures of a mucky rubber belt.

Looking back to the modern headstocks (1989 & 1996)

And looking up the spoil heap

End of the line


Woollen Signs, Sheffield

  Woollen Signs was a Sheffield company who made signs…out of wool.

Woollen & Co Ltd was established in Sheffield in 1883 by Edwin James Woollen, a signwriter and Frederick Ibbotson, a lithographic printer. By 1897 Woollens had become a limited company and was based at 35 Carver Street in Sheffield. (info from the late 0742/Mark Wallis)

At some point they moved to Love Street and then in 2005 moved to new premises.

In 2008 Woollen & Co ceased trading after 125 years in business following a takeover. However a new company Woollen Signs Limited rose from the ashes and seems to be trading successfully.

In the time since my last visit, not much seems to have changed at all.

There are reminders of Sheffield’s brewing past everywhere.

Arty effort using a drying rack

Old school Mac


Wincobank Gasometer, Sheffield

In 1938 the Duke of Kent opened the largest gasholder of its type in the world in Wincobank for the Sheffield Gas Company – not sure which (if any) of the two current gasholders on this site is the 1938 original.

Archive pic

These are both now decommissioned and emptied of gas so the roof is at the lowest point

We went up the larger of the two, unfortunately these don’t have the full frame seen in other examples, so a bit dull in comparison


Stairway to heaven – no pics from the top as there was nowhere to put a tripod

The adjacent smaller gasholder

Tablets (highSO)


Apologies for the lack of photos, there wasn’t much variety in the views.

Dyson Thermal Technologies, Stannington nr Sheffield

Dyson Thermal Technologies manufacture high performance Zirconia (Zirconium Oxide) and Tin Oxide refractory ceramics (at least that’s what it says on their website).

They do this by taking some powder, mixing it up a bit, squishing it into shapes then cooking it in a big oven called a kiln. (This bit isn’t on the website )

For some reason they stopped doing the mixing, squishing and cooking thing in this beautiful bit of Sheffield and decided to go do it somewhere else instead. Bad news for the people who worked here, but good news for us lot who like to poke our noses where we shouldn’t.

Not a bad little mooch I suppose, but for some reason I couldn’t really raise that much enthusiasm for it.


Big oven


The original iPod

Tunnel kiln

Just indulge me this one…cliched lonely chair shot

and OFF

Pilkington Glass, Doncaster

Pilkingtons were originally established in St Helens, Lancs in 1826.

Around the time of WW1 they looked to establish another site in the UK, supposedly to protect against European competitors entering the British market.

The site chosen for this was Kirk Sandall near Doncaster, favoured for its canal side location and ready access to local coal and sand.

The plant opened at great cost in 1922, apparently consuming most of the company’s reserves plus an additional £1m in new capital.

In 1923 Pilkingtons, in collaboration with Ford in the State, developed a continuous flow process for the manufacture of glass plate and a method of continuous grinding. Doncaster was quickly converted to this new technology, again at huge expense.

In the 1950’s Pilkingtons developed the “float” method of glass production (the molten glass is poured onto a bath of molten tin at 1000C). This was much cheaper as it did not require the grinding and polishing processes. Pilkingtons quickly set about converting all their factories to this new technology…except Doncaster.

By 1963 Doncaster was the only Pilkington factory producing polished plate glass and by 1966 was only running at 56% of capacity and production was suspended and the plant mothballed.

Not sure what happened in the intervening years, but there was obviously an upturn in fortunes as the plant was producing up to December 2008. This video shows footage of the last day of production.

Now compare and contrast that video with how it looks today…

Vast…but empty.

This was obviously the room where the continuous casting process took place

To you, to me

To the side of the long room were various rooms with hoppers

Burning Barrows

Plenty of evidence of the local metal recycling squad having been here




Outside was a small treatment plant

And a nice sunset to end the day (the “bridge” carried pipes from the treatment plant over the canal and River Don).

The Saw Mill

In its later life this was undoubtedly a timber merchants and manufacturer of fencing and sheds , but going by the chimney and what seem to be kilns I believe it may have also been a brick/tile works at some point.

Some of the roofs are extremely sketchy, held up by a couple of planks – if you do find your way here, just be careful what you bump into.

The main attraction is, of course, the vehicles – I can’t understand how anybody can leave these to rot away instead of allowing someone to restore them to their former glory…but I’m glad they do!

A blue tractor


1949 Bedford MLC

1956 Sunbeam 90 Supreme MK III – apparently only 2250 of these were ever made

Ford Thames van from the mid-1950’s

Tricycle, unknown vintage

Volvo 460 holding up the chimney

George Barnsley’s, Sheffield – June 2011 – re-visit

A quick re-visit to show someone the in’s and out’s (but mostly the ins ;)) and a chance to mop-up a few bits I’d not shot before.


I love some of the names dotted around this place…

The Abrasive Wheels…weren’t they on at Glastonbury

Shut-Up Butt Knife

Pricking Irons

Bunking Wheels

Cloggers Ironing


Running Spikes



And continuing my wallpaper fetish


After a couple of months, George regretted buying all his furniture from Ikea