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For most of its working life, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has used water to provide its main source of power.

The Water Wheels (5)

There are four water wheels on the Abbeydale site. In order of size they are:

They are all in the area (5) between the Tilt Forge and the Grinding Hull, where the height of fall of water from the dam is the greatest.

The water from each wheel is carried away in the single tail goit (15) which runs under the main yard and then past the Manager's House, to the River Sheaf.

In addition to the water wheels, power was also provided by a high pressure steam engine(17). This was used to turn the grinding wheels in the Grinding Hull when there was not enough water in the dam to drive the water wheels.

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