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Steel CityEntrepreneurship, Strategy, and Technology in Sheffield 1743-1993$
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Geoffrey Tweedale

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288664

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288664.001.0001

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Sustaining a Lead in Cutlery and Tools

Sustaining a Lead in Cutlery and Tools

(p.155) 4 Sustaining a Lead in Cutlery and Tools
Steel City

Geoffrey Tweedale

Oxford University Press

As there are undeniable contrasts between the suburbs of Sheffield and its manufacturing districts along the River Don, the character of the city's inner residential suburbs are also marked with a certain number of contrasts. Compared to Little Sheffield and its corresponding residences, the area a mile or two away from the city reveals huge grey-stone houses that further expand into a landscaped estate. Here, the former home of George Wostenholm, a prominent cutlery manufacturer, can be found. Evidently, this estate was built using profits derived from American trade. During the 1850s and the 1860s when Wostenholm attempted to transform Sharrow, the cutlery and tool industry of Sheffield was top among its competitors. This success continued because of the craft skills of those involved in the industry's workforce, the subdivision of labour, the interconnections in trade, the reputation of the leading firms, and the fact that these industries were based in Sheffield.

Keywords:   American trade, Wostenholm, Sharrow, Little Sheffield, craft skills, labour subdivision, trade interconnections

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