Days Out: Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Sheffield

HIDDEN GEM: Abbeyfield Industrial Museum has plenty for all the family and provides a unique insight into our agricultural heritage.

HIDDEN GEM: Abbeyfield Industrial Museum has plenty for all the family and provides a unique insight into our agricultural heritage.

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Visitors to South Yorkshire can catch a glimpse of life from the 18th century if they visit Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

A former rural scythe and steelworks, the Grade I listed building was originally called Abbeydale Works and was a main producer of scythes and hay knives.

Waterwheels, crucible steel furnaces, worker’s houses and workshops make Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet one of the largest water powered industrial complexes on the River Sheaf.

Abbeydale is home to the Crucible Furnace which was built in 1830 - this was where crucible steel for tools was made and is the only kind in the world still intact.

Visitors can take a trip through time as they make their way through the Counting House, where the Works Foreman and his clerk carried out their duties, before taking in the Manager’s House for a view of how the other half lived.

This is in stark contrast to the row of Workers’ Cottages built between 1786 and 1793 which gives an insight into how workers and their families would have been housed.

There is a hands-on Works Gallery for kids to get involved with before enjoying the picturesque surroundings outside in The Orchard, grabbing a bite to eat in the café or buying souvenirs at the museum shop.

As the weather gets warmer and we finally move into summer, families can enjoy an exciting events programme including a ‘Summer Festival’ that is full of family entertainment, stalls and demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills.

On the third Sunday of each month (May-Sept) the site hosts their popular Living History tours, which show you exactly what life at Abbeydale was like all those years ago.

FACTFILE

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Prices: Adults £4/Concessions £3/U16s Free

Opening Times: Monday - Thursday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: 11am-4.45pm (Closed: Friday /Saturday. Last admission 1 hour before closing.)

Address: Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 2QW

Car Parking: On-site

Website: simt.co.uk/abbeydale-industrial-hamlet

Telephone: 0114 2722106

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