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Kangaroo Works, the tool factory...

Embracing local culture is important to us. That’s why our brand has brought the site’s history back to life.

Our neighbourhood was originally home to Robert Sorby & Co., makers of edge tools in Sheffield, nicknamed ‘Kangaroo Works’ because of their trade with Australia.

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The industrial revolution

In 1923, Robert & Sons Ltd was formed. They had a global reputation for developing some of the finest edge tools available.

Their products included adzes, axes, augers, edge tools, joiners’ tools, saws, scythes, hooks, sheep shears and crucible steel.

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an illustration of two women sitting at a table in a room
an illustration of two women sitting at a table in a room
an illustration of two women sitting at a table in a room

Keeping
the history alive

Our unique brick façade is inspired by the original site. And we’re proud of that, because we’re playing a key part in the ‘Heart of the City’ masterplan for regeneration.

From our exterior to our branding and interiors, we've celebrated our past. We’ve even had bespoke door handles made, using a pattern from the 1920s.

SHEFFIELD

Nature, culture, people, peaks. Sheffield is a unique place to live.

There’s a lot to see in this bustling area of Sheffield. We’ve listed a few of our faves below, just to give you a taste!

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WINTER GARDEN
Explore the largest urban glasshouse in Europe.
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PEDDLER MARKET
Try the best street food from across the UK.
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PEAK DISTRICT
Enjoy breath-taking landscapes & cosy local pubs.
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BOTANICAL GARDENS
Wander through 19 acres of wonderful gardens.
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MEADOW HALL
Visit one of the UK's leading shopping destinations.
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LYCEUM THEATRE
Watch some of the very best Wend End productions.

Interested?

We’ve got something for everyone, so why not have a look!

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