Unearth the past at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Catch a glimpse of what life was like at home and work for the people of Sheffield at this unique 18th century industrial works.

Step back in time at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and walk through the cottages and workshops that played a significant part in the forging of iron for over 500 years. 

This historical attraction is located on the River Sheaf, surrounded by dramatic hills and ancient trees. The fascinating old buildings have been well preserved and awarded Grade I status as well as being declared a Scheduled Ancient Monument. You can even see the only intact crucible steel furnace in the world. 

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet was once a main producer of agricultural scythe and edge tools and one of the largest water-powered industrial sites on the River Sheaf; the water wheel is currently being restored to its former glory. 

Abbeydale is 4 miles (6 km) south of Sheffield, which can be reached in just over 2 hours by train from London.

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