Artist’s impression of Cammell’s munition workers during
the First World War. Courtesy of Sheffield Libraries and Archives
hold ups and the road closures were not just because of heavy earthmoving
plant being moved onto the site, but by military action by the Bomb
Disposal Squads of The Royal Artillery brought from their headquarters
at Catterick Camp in North Yorkshire.
were called three times to the site earlier this year as live artillery
shells were unearthed on the site by diggers, as well as to landfill
sites across the city, filled by rubble from Grimesthorpe.
Bomb Squad were amazed to discover that in every instance, the offending
explosives were not unexploded bombs, but our own shells produced
at the works during the world wars.
Cammell & Sons Ltd, opened Cyclops Works on Saville Street in
1846 and extended to Grimesthorpe in 1865. At this time, New Grimesthorpe
with its pubs, clubs, temperance halls and churches grew to accommodate
the influx of families needed to satisfy the steel industries.
to this, Grimesthorpe had been very much a rural village with its
farms lying in the shadow of Wincobank Hill, strewn along the banks
of Bagley Dyke. Fed by its wheels were scissor, shear and fork makers.
Leather, timber charcoal, coal and stone were all products of the
was the steel works that brought the railways and engineering prosperity
to the area, which lasted over a century until finally both New
Grimesthorpe and its industries gave back the land – never
again though to have that idyllic countryside.
just hope that the new industrial development on the site enjoys
a calm, prosperous future.
Historical Society currently have an exhibition ‘Grimesthorpe
– From Farm to Fork, to Foundry… and Beyond’ at
The Clock Tower Gallery, Northern General Hospital (former Workhouse
Building) Barnsley Road entrance, 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
until 22nd May.