|Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a steel working site with a very long history. There is some evidence that metal working has been carried out on or near the present site since before 1200AD. The site has been used for iron forging for at least 500 years.
It is now an industrial museum showing the processes used to turn blister steel into high quality crucible steel and then into scythes and other sharp edged cutting tools.
For most of its life, its heavy tilt hammers and grinding wheels have been powered by water wheels.
The buildings, the furnaces, the water wheels and the machinery they operate, have been preserved and can be used to demonstrate the old skills on special occasions.
You can choose a Virtual Tour by clicking on the picture below or on one of the Tour sign posts.