Sunday, 20 March 2011

Portland Works - Randall Street

Portland Works, built in 1877, is one of the earliest surviving examples of an integrated metal trades complex. It is a Grade II listed building, which in 1913 became the first place in the world to manufacture stainless steel cutlery. Remarkably, it still does what it was built for - offering low-cost workshop space to small manufacturing businesses and independent artists and craftspeople. You'll find here metalworkers, engineers and craftsmen, furniture makers, artists and musicians. They are a cross section of talent following in the footsteps of the 'Little Mesters' who made Sheffield famous.
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This workshop originally was the packing warehouse. Squarepegs now work from here, manufacturing an unusual patented coat hook system with schools in mind.


Anchor Auto Finishers - this workshop once housed the steam engine which would have powered the works. The current occupants are renowned for their classic and vintage vehicle and bike restoration and undertake all types of metal work like welding and polishing.


PML Plating Ltd - they restore antique silver and silver-plate cutlery for the Sheffield cutlery manufacturers.


Stuart Mitchell Knives - a bespoke cutler and knife marker.