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Looking across open water towards Hamlet buildings framed by trees in autumnal shades. Looking across open water towards Hamlet buildings framed by trees in autumnal shades.

© Ian M Spooner

© Ian M Spooner

Lunchtime Talk: Abbeydale Works – A Step into the Past

Thu 13 June 2024 , 1pm-1:45pm

Kelham Island Museum

Join our dedicated volunteers and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet enthusiasts Mick and Jane to learn all about this beautiful historic site.

You’ll hear about where Benjamin Huntsman’s crucible steel was made, and how the large tilt hammers and grindstones were powered by waterwheels for the grinding of scythes.  

Much of the heritage of the site has been preserved, including the huge waterwheels, small forges, a dam, a finishing shop, and domestic buildings, all of which are a window into how people lived and worked in the past. Steeped in history, the Hamlet is home to makers today, with tenants including independent blacksmiths still working on site. 

Come and hear about its fascinating heritage and learn more about what happens at the Hamlet today. 

This event will take place at Kelham Island Museum.  

 

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