Betafence is closing its original Sheffield Road factory at Tinsley – blaming cheap competition from abroad for the redundancies. The company, which used to be known as Tinsley Wire, employs just over 400 people at its Sheffield Road and Shepcote Lane works and has had operations on the prominent Sheffield Road site, next to Meadowhall Retail Park, since 1933.
This is the former Tinsley Wire I have known of this for a while but it is one hell of a place to get into, the 2 times we have got near the security has asked us to vacate, but now under demolition and stuff moves quick, solo I give it another go this time a walk on it was live with demolition crew working on sight, we are dealing with hard core industrial porn it is vast much has gone but from what was seen there is a lot left this said I was not going to risk it I moved around with ease.
Tinsley is a district in the north-eastern part of Sheffield. Its name derives from the Old English Tingas-Leah, which means ‘Field of Council’. It is mentioned as ‘Tirneslawe’ or ‘Tineslawe’ in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was in the possession of Roger de Busli. The chapel of St Laurence, Tinsley was built in 1877 on the site of an ancient (possibly of Anglo-Saxon origin) chapel.
An annual royal payment was received until 1847 in order that a service for the dead could be held.
Tinsley Wood lay to the south of the settlement, on land now partly occupied by Sheffield City Airport and High Hazels Park. It may have been the site of the Battle of Brunanburh in 934, where Athelstan of England gained the submission of the Celtic monarchs of Britain.
Another tradition associated with the settlement required the Lord of the Manor of Tinsley to take a pair of white gloves to the Lord of Tickhill each year at Michaelmas, and receive in return a white dove to keep over winter.
Through the 18th and 19th centuries this area changed from a rural area to a major industrial centre known for its collieries, iron, steel, and wire works.
Companies such as George Cohen, the ‘600 works’, Osbourn Hadfield and Brinsworth Strip Mills were proud occupants of the landscape near Tinsley and it’s wholly industrial neighbouring district ‘Templeborough’. Only the BOC plant remains within the village boundaries now with all the remaining works either demolished or preserved as a museum to what was the heart of Sheffield industry until 1985.
Today, replacing the steelworks on Vulcan Road is the Meadowhall shopping centre—one of the largest in the UK. The name Tinsley is also associated with the nearby former railway marshalling yard and the Tinsley Viaduct, which carries the M1 motorway across the Don valley.
Thousands of people turned up to watch the demolition of the Tinsley Cooling Towers in Sheffield at 3am on Sunday 24th August 2008, in silance one year on this other giant of Sheffield is now under demolition and little is known, any how here are part one of the images, of course I shall be back..