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23-04-2007, 17:53   #1
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Does anyone know anything about Hatfields Steel that used to stand on the sight of where Meadow Hall is now. I have been trying to find some information about it because my Grandad worked there and I just wanted to know exactly where it was and when it finished trading, also if there are any books on the subject?
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23-04-2007, 17:58   #2
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"mad-as-hell" was built in 1990, and the site had been derelict for some time before that.

my ex husband's dad worked at Dunford Hatfields. (my dad was a steelworker too, but at the one behind Lee's beginning with "s" - Shardlows? I can't remember, I'm having a blonde moment! lol)
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23-04-2007, 21:16   #3
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Does anyone know anything about Hatfields Steel that used to stand on the sight of where Meadow Hall is now. I have been trying to find some information about it because my Grandad worked there and I just wanted to know exactly where it was and when it finished trading, also if there are any books on the subject?
I think you mean Hadfields. It was where I first started work in 1952 as a blacksmith.Was the name of the road Vulcan Rd.?
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lazy, there was a Vulcan Road in the vicinity, yes.

apologies if I've mistaken the name. In our family, we pronounce the d/t in Hat/dfields the same way as we pronounce "bradford"- as " bra'-ford" it's called a "Glottal Stop", apparently, so it was always "a'-'fields" in our house.
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24-04-2007, 11:15   #5
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Hadfields features in many of the books on Sheffield. The location of the road was where the Sainsburys garage is, on the Sheffield Rd end and Hadfields was at the end of that,probably where the main entrance to Meadowhell is.
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24-04-2007, 17:42   #6
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I think you mean Hadfields. It was where I first started work in 1952 as a blacksmith.Was the name of the road Vulcan Rd.?
Im sure it was Vulcan Road because I used to go past on the bus. I dont miss the orangey smoke/dust they used to belch out, but it seems strangely quiet down there these days.

PT, there was a Shardlows too, and I think it was probably near Arthur Lees. My dad worked at Arthur Lees and he used to refer to Shardlows workers as Shardlow's millionaires, so they must have paid good money!
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24-04-2007, 19:16   #7
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Im sure it was Vulcan Road because I used to go past on the bus. I dont miss the orangey smoke/dust they used to belch out, but it seems strangely quiet down there these days.

PT, there was a Shardlows too, and I think it was probably near Arthur Lees. My dad worked at Arthur Lees and he used to refer to Shardlows workers as Shardlow's millionaires, so they must have paid good money!
I had a pal work at Shardlows but I thought it was in the wooley wood area.They were well paid because they had a very strong union.
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25-04-2007, 02:02   #8
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Hi,

The Hadfield's that used to be where the Meadowhall Shopping Centre is now was know as Hadfield's East Hecla Works. Off Vulcan Road, as noted by others.

The name East Hecla was to distinguish it from Hafield's orginal Hecla Works. These works were roughly behind where Attercliffe Church used to be, but a bit closer to town. Don't know where the main entrance was. Could have been off Newhall Road or somwhere off Oaks Green.

Somebody mentioned Shardlows. They used to be next to Arthur Lee's at Woolley Woods. Can't remember the name of the road that Shardlow's works was located on but I think it ran from Meadowhall Road throught to Grange Lane. All a long time ago.

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25-04-2007, 14:38   #9
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What very few people realise is that Hatfield’s East works also made such things as large telescopes for space research as well as the electronics packages for space research rockets and satellites. There were a few name changes and acquisitions along the way from Dunford and Elliot to Dunford Hadfield’s. Dunford and Elliot were also responsible for the control system for the original Jodrell Bank telescope way back in about 1952.
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27-04-2007, 10:10   #10
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Im sure it was Vulcan Road because I used to go past on the bus. I dont miss the orangey smoke/dust they used to belch out, but it seems strangely quiet down there these days.

PT, there was a Shardlows too, and I think it was probably near Arthur Lees. My dad worked at Arthur Lees and he used to refer to Shardlows workers as Shardlow's millionaires, so they must have paid good money!
It was on Vulcan Road. I went to work there in 1953 after my National Service with the RAF, worked as a clerk for 5 years. Your'e right about the orange smog, used to get coated in it waitng for the tram/bus to go home.
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27-04-2007, 11:08   #11
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The steel bridge to the side entrance of Meadowhall Centre, is known as "Hadfield Bridge". It is an original from Hadfields. Shardlows workers (I was one of them) used to go straight from the night shift and support Hadfields workers, during the big srtike in the 70s.(20,000 every morning from all over the country) Big Dan Norton (MD) told them there was a job for life for those who broke the strike. (Sounds Familiar). Of course they all lost their jobs. The land the works were built on had already been sold. Hadfields was closing no matter how many denials "Big Dan" made. In it's hey day 10,000/20,000 worked there. Specialists in railway lines and points. My friends Dad was a Fitter, making the points. Oh, there still is a Vulcan Road.

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27-04-2007, 11:17   #12
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Hi,

The Hadfield's that used to be where the Meadowhall Shopping Centre is now was know as Hadfield's East Hecla Works. Off Vulcan Road, as noted by others.

The name East Hecla was to distinguish it from Hafield's orginal Hecla Works. These works were roughly behind where Attercliffe Church used to be, but a bit closer to town. Don't know where the main entrance was. Could have been off Newhall Road or somwhere off Oaks Green.

Somebody mentioned Shardlows. They used to be next to Arthur Lee's at Woolley Woods. Can't remember the name of the road that Shardlow's works was located on but I think it ran from Meadowhall Road throught to Grange Lane. All a long time ago.

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27-04-2007, 11:18   #13
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The steel bridge to the side entrance of Meadowhall Centre, is known as "Hadfield Bridge". It is an original from Hadfields. Shardlows workers used to go straight from the night shift and support Hadfields workers, during the big srtike in the 70s.(20,000 every morning from all over the country) Big Dan Norton told them there was a job for life for those who broke the strike. (Sounds Familiar). Of course they all lost their jobs. The land had already been sold. Hadfields was closing no matter how many denials "Big Dan made. In it's hey day 10,000/20,000 worked there. Specialists in railway lines and points. My friends Dad was a Fitter, making the points. Oh, there still is a Vulcan Road.
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28-04-2007, 23:52   #14
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East Hecla Works closed down not long after the national strike of 1980. There was quite a lot of bother on the picket lines at the time, as many private sector steel workers kept working. The site was cleared in the mid-eighties I think.

Hadfields also took over Brown Bayley's old works on Leeds Road, near the baths. My dad worked there for a bit in the seventies.

That factory remained derelict for some years, and was finally cleared for Don Valley Stadium. I have some pics of both factories somewhere.
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27-05-2007, 14:43   #15
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Vulcan road is still there.It is one of the roads that leads into "Meadowhell".
When the firm was known as Dunford Hadfields, they took over Brown Bayley's which was situated on Worksop Road,Attercliffe. When they eventually closed down in 1981 the works were demolished and it is now the site of Don Valley Stadium. I worked there from 1966 to 1980.
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10-01-2008, 22:28   #16
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I started work as an apprentice electrician in 1964 at Hadfields East Hecla Works on Vulcan Road. The company employed many thousands of people on the huge site which is now Meadowhall.
Every aspect of Steel work was carried out there, huge Blast Furnaces and later Electric Arc Furnaces melted the scrap metal that was turned back into steel ingots. The steel ingots were then transported hot to the Rolling Mills where they were rolled into round bars etc. Some of the steel went to the forge where it was formed by giant hammer presses into large rolls.. These were then taken to the large machine shop where they were turned into the final product.
The company also embraced a foundry where the molten steel was poured into castings intricately designed to produce multiple cast items. A smaller foundry produced smaller castings by the lost wax method.
The company was also associated with defence and cast tank turrets. There was even a firing range where the turrets were tested by firing shells at them.
Mr. Hadfield was famous for concopting the original formula for Manganese steel which was used for railway lines.
Every skill imaginable was available and generally most people worked very hard.
As an apprentice I looked forward to the annual wage negotiation as the Union & Management stood their ground until finally the union went on strike ( a yearly event). As apprentices we were not allowed to strike so we all went to the Hadfields sports ground to play football or cricket & get paid. Good times for us but hard times for working men & women and their families.
At one stage Hadfield became associated with Jenson Cars & I remember a few of these posh vehicles appearing as Directors vehicles.
Hadfields was taken over by Dunford & Elliot and the company name changed to Dunford Hadfields.
This was a great time for me as this embraced a department within Dunford & Elliot called the Special Projects Division and as I came towards the end of my apprenticeship I was fortunate enough to move into this department.
They had been responsible for building the mechanical computer for the Jodrell Bank Telescope and they worked closely with Sheffield & Southampton Universities Space Research Departments.
We built Satellite and Rocket electronic payloads as well as a Meteorite counter that was sited out on the moors.
In addition, Infra-red telescopes were built that went to Tenerife & Hawaii.
All this seemed a far cry from the now ailing steelworks that occupied that site.
I remember watching the M1 viaduct cross the Hadfield property & I remember all those wonderful characters that helped shape my working life
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10-01-2008, 23:05   #17
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My father in law worked at Hatfields, I think he worked with special steels. He retired in about 1968 ish.
He and his fellow workers used to buy Premium Bonds between them, he had quite a few when he died.

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10-01-2008, 23:07   #18
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My dad worked for Arthur Lees for many years, he was a furnace man, I do have a coule of photos of him and his fellow workers taken in about 1960's/early 70's
He was called Bob Holmes but generally known as black bob!
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What was your father-in-laws name and job while he was at Hadfields?

Also I have a friend Maurice Foster who worked at Arthur Lees back in the 60/70's.
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... The company was also associated with defence and cast tank turrets. There was even a firing range where the turrets were tested by firing shells at them.
My grandfather John Arthur Whittles (1898-1958 ) worked at Hadfields and I remember him telling me about the tank turrets. Here is a photo of him, taken at East Hecla Works, being shown the workings of the finished product by two soldiers. The photo appeared in The Star in 1957.

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