Posts by Marco Foley

Timeline of Portland Works’ Occupation

Since the creation of Portland Works in 1879, a number of businesses have occupied the building. While this is not a comprehensive list, we are able to know the details of each businesses that paid a subscription to be entered…
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The History of “Integrated Works” Buildings

In order to contextualise the history of Portland Works it is necessary to provide the reader with a brief introduction to Sheffield’s industrial past. The city’s industrial heritage is rooted in the production of steel and the manufacture of ‘edge…
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Portland Works’ Grade II* Listing

Portland Works was awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage in 1995 and subsequently upgraded to Grade II* listed status in 2007 following an updated survey of Sheffield’s historic metal trades sites. Grade II* is the second highest listed…
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Portland Works and the Invention of Stainless Steel

One of eight siblings born into poverty near the Wicker, Sheffield, Harry Brearley (1871-1948) could be considered an unlikely individual to make a revolutionary metallurgic discovery. At the age of twelve he was taken on as a ‘cellar boy’ at…
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The Birth of Portland Works

Portland Works is situated on Randall Street close to Bramall Lane (“The Blades” as Sheffield United FC is known) at its junction with Hill Street and forms part of an important enclave of 11 surviving nineteenth century industrial buildings. Commissioned…
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Maker Feature: Pippa Elliot Rugs

Pippa Elliot is one of Portland Works’ newest tenants: A luxury holiday tour manager for four to five months of the year and now, a self-teaching rug maker for the rest. She is not only establishing her business in Portland…
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Recent Repairs

Over the last few months, Mark Pickering has been leading a team of volunteers to improve the front aspect of the building, renovating the woodwork and windows along Hill Street and now into Randall Street. Further work has been done…
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Secrets of “The Works”

When one of our new tenants was replacing a section of ceiling in their unit, they uncovered something between the joists of the unit above. It turned out to be over twenty items of old cutlery that seemed to have…
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Robert Mosley Revealed

When she was researching the story of Robert Mosley a couple of years ago, Anna de Lange was hugely disappointed that she couldn’t find a photograph or a portrait of him. Through a long chain of circumstances, that has been…
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Summer Open Day Raises £1000

The first Open Day of the year was held on Saturday 11 April, moved from our usual because of the Sheffield Half-marathon. Fears of the unknown were unfounded and this was one of our best Open Days ever – helped…
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