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Any old iron? Think of scrap merchants and older folk will immediately call to mind the days of a one-man business with a horse & cart. “Any old iron….” Maybe a song will trip across their lips!
That’s how our founder, Walter, started. He left school aged 14 and worked as butcher’s boy later becoming a “Bevin Boy” (a coal miner) during the war years. In February 1947 he rented a small yard on Attercliffe Road which was known as Robin Hood Yard, part of the Duke of Norfolk’s estates’ for the princely sum of £1 a week. Walter Heselwood Limited was established in this year. The purchase of a lorry for £100 soon followed. Even in those days anyone who traded in scrap was required to be licensed and Walter gained his “lifetime licence” for five shillings (10p). So, from then onwards he was officially “a dealer in old scrap & precious metals”. Such humble beginnings to today’s £ multi-million business.
These days metal recycling is still entrenched in the east end of Sheffield’s industrial heartland. Walter Heselwood Ltd is proud to remain family owned & family run with over 75 years of trading. “Heselwoods”, or to be precise Walter Heselwood Ltd, has two operational yards in Attercliffe which are likely to be Sheffield’s oldest scrap yards with the main office site having previously been operated/owned by Cox & Danks Ltd. These days we operate a fleet of lorries to suit the daily transfer of materials from supplier’s sites and maintain a steady flow of processed materials to our customers. Our processing is mainly shearing and baled materials in all ferrous & non-ferrous grades.