Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

a photo of the buildings at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works.
Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century.

Now a Grade 1 Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, 'Abbeydale Works' was once a main producer of agricultural scythe and edge tools, such as grass hooks and hay knives, and one of the largest water powered industrial sites on the River Sheaf.

See worker's houses, waterwheels, tilit hammers, a grinding hull and workshops and the only intact crucible steel furnance surviving in the world today!

The Hamlet is a water-powered scythe and steel works dating back to the 18th century.

The houses, workshops, crucible steel furnaces, waterwheels, tilt hammers and machinery create a unique atmosphere of what life was like at home and at work. In its heyday it was one of the largest water-powered industrial complexes on the river Sheaf.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 4.45pm
(Closed Friday and Saturday)

Admission charges

Adult £4
Concessions £3
Accompanied Children (U16) FREE


  • Museums Association

Tools and equipment used during the industrial processes on site. Scheduled Historic Monument. Domestic collections within the manager's house and worker's cottage.

Collection details

Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Crucible Steel Furnace, Waterwheels, Tilthammers.

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
South Yorkshire
S7 2QW




0114 272 2106

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