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Shepherd Wheel Workshop

See Sheffield’s knife grinding history brought to life at Shepherd Wheel Workshop

This unique Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument is situated in the heart of the picturesque Porter Valley, just a 10 minute walk from Endcliffe Park.


Dating back to the 1500s, it was one of many small water-powered grinding workshops along Sheffield's rivers. The workshop played an instrumental role in the city’s cutlery industry right up until the 1930s and is the earliest complete example of its kind.

Experience the working waterwheel and machinery in action, see the tools of the trade and hear stories about the grinders who worked here over the centuries.

Shepherd Wheel Workshop is operated with the generous support of the Friends of the Porter Valley.

 

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Sat and Sun 11am–3pm

***Sheffield Stories & Picturing Sheffield will be closed on Sat 24 Feb for an event***

Shepherd Wheel Workshop

Whiteley Woods

Off Hangingwater Road

Sheffield

S11 2YE

An old workshop with three grindstones. Leaning against the walls are piles of wood, tools and stones of different shapes and sizes.

Grinding Hulls

Visit the two grinding workshops at Shepherd Wheel and hear more about their history from our engineer.

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  • A group of adults walking along a path between a river and a low stone building. There are a number of trees on the banks of the river and a wood in the distance. © Ian M Spooner
  • © Andy Brown
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