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About Abbeydale Hamlet

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is on the bank of the River Sheaf, between the river and the road from Sheffield to Baslow (A621) about 4 miles south of the centre of Sheffield.

Map 1 On one side of the valley is an ancient woodland. There is a small saw mill still working in these woods. In this wood there is also the grave of George Yardley, a charcoal worker who was burned to death in his hut on the 11th October 1786.

On the other side of the valley lie the ruins of Beauchief Abbey which was founded by the FitzRanulf family in 1183. The monks at Beauchief Abbey were owners of the Abbeydale Hamlet site in its early years.

Abbeydale Hamlet is the site of Abbeydale Works, an old scythe-making works which was in use up to 1930's.

The Tilt Hammers At Abbeydale Works, the raw materials of iron and coke were turned into steel using the crucible steel melting process developed by Benjamin Huntsman. The cast steel was forged in a water powered tilt forge to produce scythe blades. The blades were finished in the water and steam powered grinding shop and in a set of hand forges.
Autumn at the Hamlet When the site was closed down by its final owners (the Tyzacks), it was bought by the Alderman Graves Trust and, in 1935, it was given to the City of Sheffield.

After being restored to working order by the Council for the Conservation of Sheffield Antiquities, it opened as a working museum in April 1970.

The Hamlet closed At the end of March 1997, Sheffield City Council closed the Hamlet to the public as a cost cutting measure. As part of the Council's plans to hand over services to independent organisations, the Hamlet was leased to the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust with effect from 6th April 1998.
Open again The Hamlet is once more open to the public during the summer months. For details of opening times and prices as well as special events being held at Abbeydale Hamlet, see the SIMT Web Site .

Public Transport
Bus No. 97 to Totley from Sheffield City Centre (Cathedral or Town Hall) stops at the Hamlet entrance.


Address :
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
Sheffield S7 2QW
United Kingdom

Telephone : UK 0114 236 7731
Fax : UK 0114 235 3196

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