George Barnsley and Sons Ltd Then and Now

Three years ago two friends walked into George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) and what they found was quite something unlike they has found or seen in the 15 plus years they had been going in derelict buildings, it was just to enjoy the stillness and quite of these places be at one with the ghost of the past. It was only the advent of The Milk Grate Gang that the term Urban Exploration come to name what they had been doing for some years, by 1999 they had got there first digital camera. A simple web page we began to put on line our finds, if we could change history it would have been to keep our mouths shut over George Barnsley and Sons, mistakes was made and the place was once more on lock down, so the rest of the world understood the truth to have been this, however they had been going back in and out over those three years.

2010 it was once more published, and following this publication more damage has been done, now there are thoughts going round our brains who might have done this damage, at the end of the day a lot has now been lost and this can only be the fact the current owner G Dunac who is noted for letting other buildings fall down, is at the end of the day responsible for the tragic loss of history. In the last few days we found this.

Our word feral comes from the Latin root fera, or “wild beast,” but it also has a connection to another Latin word, feralis, literally: belonging to the dead, and The Feal youth (chavs) who have scraped this place with little or no regard to the damage they was causing there persuite for profit, but the damage goes much further, ive had years of Squatting and going in out of derelict buildings it is with out doubt some of the damage has been done is to speed up the demise of the building.

Everything in the end becomes “feral” in every sense: they disappear behind ivy or the untended shrubs and trees planted generations ago to decorate their yards. The wood that framed the rooms gets crushed by trees rooted still in the earth. The burnt lime, sand, gravel, and plaster slowly erode into dust, encouraged by ivy spreading tentacles in its endless search for more sunlight.

This is why some of us enjoy urban exploration, it is for some this is about preservation/conservation, and while we feel rage what we have seen in the last visits, however something inside says perhaps this was just meant to be, at the end of the day there are some wicked images and no doubt those who took them gained something from being in there, three years on and seeing it as we have done from what she was of course we feel a little anger, but what a joy to be in there once more here we share images from three years back, and what might just be the last visit Saturday 3 July 2010 there is no doubt it will be closed once more, though we feel people should enjoy this place as it stands, there is all so the fact inside stands some years of Sheffield,s Steel Industry and due to fact alone we will welcome the right action to be taken to safeguard that history for it to be documented.

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