Inside Sheffield's famous former Woollens for Signs factory - in pictures

These photos offer a final glimpse inside the famous old Woollens for Signs factory in Sheffield before its demolition.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 11:19 am
Updated Sunday, 20th June 2021, 11:20 am

The Woollens sign is a well-known city landmark situated on Love Street, close to Sheffield Crown Court.

Woollen & Co Sheffield was established in 1883 by signwriter Edwin Woollen and Frederick Ibbotson, a lithographic printer.

In 1897 the business moved to Love Street.

Woollen and Company Ltd was bought by the Sheffield Co-operative Society in 2005 but just three years later, after 125 years trading, the company closed.

Several former employees went on to form a new Woollens while maintaining some of the original customer base.

With the factory now set to be bulldozed to make way for a new development on West Bar, the famous Woollens sign has been saved and will be displayed in a museum once restored.

The photos were taken by urban explorer James Harper, who runs the Facebook group Britain’s Forgotten Buildings.

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