Little Mesters Sheffield

Hello so you think of Sheffield and then steal, we are not sure what this was?

It has been know about and derelict for some years, but was not giving up her ghost till now, the land round here will have 12 flats and for some reason this is listed and must be re-used. We have been trying to get on here for some years it is only now buildings works have began that we had a mooch

To the back, left right front this stands in the middle of homes in Sheffield, the location we are not giving due to that fact plus regards what is was, we are neither sure but mooching about it seems to have been a Little Mesters of some kind and would have been much bigger this being what is left.

A little mester is a self-employed cutlery worker who rents space in a factory. The term is used almost exclusively to describe the craftsmen of the Sheffield area, and is mostly archaic as this manner of manufacture peaked in the 19th century and has now virtually died out.Little mesters either worked alone or employed a small number of workers and/or apprentices.
The origins of the term are uncertain. Mester is the Sheffield dialect variant of master, Thus a little mester refers to a master craftsman working on a small scale. Prior to the eighteenth century cutlery manufacture in Sheffield had been undertaken by individual master craftsmen who would make an item from start to finish. In the late 1700s there was a large increase in the size complexity of the cutlery and tool industries that made it necessary for craftsman to focus on a single stage of the manufacture. Cutlery factories then rented workshops to self-employed craftsmen, the little mesters, each specializing in one step of production, such as forging, grinding or finishing.

Onto some images then..




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