SK3281 : Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

taken 10 years ago, near to Beauchief, Sheffield, Great Britain

Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Originally called Abbeydale Works, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet was one of the largest water-powered sites on the River Sheaf. The main products of the works were agricultural scythes, but other edge tools were made too, such as grass hooks and hay knives. The site is a Grade 1 Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The earliest known records date back to 1714, and the works were in continuous occupation until 1933, when production ceased. In 1777 the dam was enlarged, followed by a period of expansion. The Tilt Forge was built in 1785, wokmen's cottages by 1793, and the Grinding Hull in 1817. By the 1830s the site included a Crucible Steel Furnace, a number of hand forges, warehouses and offices. The Manager's house, built in 1838, and the coach house and stabling, added about 1840, were the last buildings to be erected.

During the 19th centure there were a number of incidents at Abbeydale. In 1842 the Grinding Hull was blown up with gunpowder during a dispute with the Grinder's Union over the employment of non-union labour. In 1862Joshua Tyzack, the joint manager of the works, was shot at five times while on his way to Abbeydale. Two serious accidents also occurred: in 1870 the central heating boiler in the Blacking Shop exploded, killing two men; and in 1912 a grindstone burst in the Grinding Hull, killing a scythe grinder.

Tyzack Sons and Turner, who were tenants of the works from 1849, ceased production at Abbeydale in 1933, transferring production to Little London Woks, further downstream. During the Second World War, however, the Crucible Steel Furnace was reopened to produce high quality steel for the war effort.

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Sunday, 10 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 April, 2011
Industrial hamlet   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 325 819 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.0240N 1:30.7335W
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