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Freemen and Friends

Welcome to the area for Freemen and Friends, carrying information and news for and from the Freemen and Friends of the Company.  This will be updated as and when news or events occur.


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Filmed in 1954 by the Master Cutler WB Ibberson, the silent, black and white film shows the processes of forging, grinding and hafting in the Sheffield cutlery trade.  There is also a brief view of the inside of the Cutlers' Hall at the beginning and end of the film.




City Centre Trail - Stainless Steel Public Art

. Sheffield city centre has a number of fine public artworks, many made from stainless steel.  This downloadable trail leaflet, produced as part of the celebration of 100 years of stainless steel in the city, will guide you round the centre to see 12 remarkable pieces, taking about an hour and a half.  The artworks show a variety of forms and functions, together with an increasing amount of well-designed street furniture in stainless steel.  Image of a detail from  'Elements' by Brian Asquith

Sheffield stainless steel trail

What's With The Elephants?

An elephant's head is a decorative motif found around the Cutlers' Hall, engraved on silver, found on documents.  It is taken from the Company's coat of arms, where the elephant's head epitomises ivory - a quality handle material used for the best knives.

There once was an elephant in Sheffield's industrial past.  During the First World War, when horses were in short supply, T.W.Ward, steel and heavy engineering manufacturer, had an ex-circus elephant, called Lizzie.  She was used to pull the railed wagons carrying steel ingots.

Some Useful Links


The Manufacturing Forum

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

The Star Business Magazine (requires latest Adobe Flash Player)