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Globe Works

Globe Works is a former cutlery factory situated in the Shalesmoor area of sheffield.

Globe Works

The building has a Grade II listed status and was renovated in the 1980s. The building is now home to a number of businesses, creative endeavours, and start-ups.

The works dates back to 1824 and was one of the largest specialist steel-making facilities in the world at the time, and possibly the first ever custom-built cutlery factory. As well as cutlery, they produced scissors, tools, and even specialised in the manufacture of Bowie knives for the American market.

The building has seen off a number of threats through its history, including a bombing by union activists in 1843, an attempt to remove the listed status by the town planning committee so it could be bulldozed to make way for a road, and, most recently – in 1978 – an arson attack that left the site derelict until the restoration work took place in the 1980s.

Long may it last.

Globe Works #2

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford Delta 400. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°.

Taken on 1 November 2020

3 thoughts on “Globe Works

  1. I like the first photograph which captures the works well but also the railings which I always admire. I walked past the works on Sunday and remembered having been there when in the very early 90’s it housed a bar which also hosted live music. I think the venue was short lived. Back then this would have been an area of Sheffield which was still dark and largely uninhabited by night and perhaps not the best place to set up a bar! How different to the present where the area is peppered with bars and cafes and ‘city living’.


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