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© the artist. Donated, 1995. Museums Sheffield
Steel Forging Works and River Don from Effingham Street, Sheffield
Date Made/Found: 1960-1970
Artist: Joyce Spurr , born 1921
Donor: Joyce Spurr , born 1921
Material and Medium: oil on panel/ board
Dimensions: Sight size: 485 x 620mm Frame: 725 x 850 x 40mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1995.289
Joyce Spurr’s painting captures a view of the Hobson Houghton Co. Ltd and Don Steel Works from across the River Don. In the foreground is Walk Mill Weir, which is still there today. The steel industry was fundamental to Sheffield’s economy, but suffered a serious decline in the 1980s. Hobson Houghton Co. Ltd represents one of the many steel works that have since disappeared along the river. The site is now occupied by a Vauxhall car dealership and a car park.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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