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Old whitewashed workshop with exposed wooden roof beams and a row of grinding wheels with ‘saddles’. Old whitewashed workshop with exposed wooden roof beams and a row of grinding wheels with ‘saddles’.

© Andy Brown

© Andy Brown

Grinding Hull

Continuing Display

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

***The Grinding Hull is currently closed for a building inspection and maintenance. We look forward to welcoming you back to as soon as we're able***

 

See where edge tools were sharpened to a fine cutting edge in the Grinding Hull.

 

The Hull was built in 1817, and originally housed 6 grindstones and 2 glazing stones, all powered by a waterwheel. The stones were 6 feet in diameter when new and hung in a trough filled with water to keep the stone wet when grinding.

Grinding was a very dangerous occupation, with the grinder sat astride a wooden horsing, or saddle, over the stone and held the blade against the stone as it spun round.

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***The Hamlet is currently closed until spring 2024 as we begin a two-year series of improvement works. The café, Joni, is open as usual.***

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Road South

Sheffield

S7 2QW

Grinding Hull

© Andy Brown

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