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Firth Brown 5 ton steam hammer, junction of Savile Street and Sutherland Street, Attercliffe

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Firth Brown 5 ton steam hammer, junction of Savile Street and Sutherland Street, Attercliffe

This was built in 1947 by the Brightside Engineering Company and was restored and moved to its present day location in 1994.The hammer was used in forging steel rings for railway tyres and bearings in the steel industry

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Attercliffe Brightside Brown Firth Industry Public Sheffield Shops Steel Street Foundries Foundry Hammer Savile Sutherland


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This print from Sheffield City Archives showcases the impressive Firth Brown 5 ton steam hammer, a symbol of the city's rich industrial heritage. Located at the junction of Savile Street and Sutherland Street in Attercliffe, this magnificent piece of engineering was built in 1947 by the renowned Brightside Engineering Company. Once an integral part of Sheffield's steel industry, this steam hammer played a crucial role in forging steel rings for railway tyres and bearings. Its immense power and precision were essential for producing high-quality components that supported the growth of railways across the nation. After years of dedicated service, this historic marvel underwent restoration in 1994 before being relocated to its present-day location. Now proudly displayed as public art, it stands as a testament to Sheffield's manufacturing prowess and serves as a reminder of its vibrant past. The image captures not only the grandeur of this iconic steam hammer but also offers glimpses into Attercliffe's bustling streetscape during that era. The surrounding shops and foundries hint at the thriving industrial landscape that once dominated this area. As we admire this photograph, we are transported back to an era when Sheffield was synonymous with forgemasters and foundries; where innovation met craftsmanship to shape one of Britain's most significant industries – steel production.

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