1860s, an American newspaper editor, J. K. Hoyt, visited
Sheffield. We do not know the year or the complete details
of his trip. But from a later published account (see
Appendix), we do know that he called on one of the town’s
cutlery and steel firms – W. & S. Butcher – and met the brothers
(William and Samuel), who owned the company.
would not have had to travel far once he arrived in Sheffield. A
short walk up a steep hill from the railway station would have
brought him into one of
Sheffield’s busiest industrial thoroughfares – Arundel
Street – and thence to Butcher Works (or Butchers’ Wheel).
It was a large, tenement-style block that in the
nineteenth century buzzed to the noise of grindstones, forges,
buffing wheels, and steam engines. It is still possible to
take that walk and see this factory on Arundel Street.
Walk under the archway and into the courtyard
and its impressive size is revealed. This photograph was
taken recently at sunset.
The courtyard and the surrounding buildings were
deserted and eerily quiet, inviting the spectator to conjure up
images of the building’s history and the long-forgotten lives of