SK3281 : Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

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

Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
The tilt hammers, blowing engine, grindstones and boring machinery at Abbeydale were powered by four water wheels, which were fed by water from the River Sheaf retained in the dam behind the Tilt Forge.

The tilt hammers were driven by a back-shot high breast wheel 5.5 metres (18 feet) in diameter and 1.7 metres (5 feet 6 inches) wide, which developed around 30 horse power. The axles and spokes are made of oak; the 'buckets' of pitch pine, held in place by wrought iron plates; and the axle bearings of bronze.

Water was fed from the dam into a wooden pentrough fitted with a sluice which controlled the flow onto the wheel. A 1.83 metre (6 foot) head of water was required to move the tilt machinery, which weighs 23 tonnes when in motion. A long wooden handle inside the Tilt Forge allowed the forgemaster to preciseley control the speed of the hammer, by adjusting the water flow.

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