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Catch a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a...more
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I am writing this as I am a 9 year old. I thought it was boring but the old houses were quite interesting because it makes me feel very lucky that I am not living in a old rickety house. I could of got 32...More
Abbey dale is a preserved industrial site that gives a very good insight into the life and times of workers in this area during the Industrial Revolution . It may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are interested in industrial archaeology/history, particularly...More
We were looking for something inexpensive, educational and fun to do with our Sunday afternoon and decided on Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. We were not sure what to expect and when we arrived it appeared almost deserted. We went to the entrance to get our tickets...More
Great value for the museum at a reasonable price, recommend asking for the ipad as this really gives a great experience. Ian Jones been doing a fantastic job on the hand forge demonstration. Lovely cafe, really helpful staff Daniel and Sharon with my friend's 5...More
The last time I was here as a kid, a virtual ruin then, but after years of restoration it is now a brilliant link to Sheffield's historical past.The oldest place in the world that is still on it's original site, latter quarter of the 17th....More
Abbeydale is easy to find just going out on the road to chesterfield and the peak district.
This village was set up to provide housing for workers. The piece of land has a long history as it's close to the River Don and digging has...More
We were attracted by the prospect of 'Christmas at Abbydale', thinking that there might be special events, decorations etc., demonstrations etc., but what little there was in this respect appeared to be aimed at children.
Nevertheless, Abbydale is an interesting glimpse into the processes involved...More
Not a huge site but plenty to see. History of the site is set out (with cartoon and date-free kids version below) alongside history of UK, with eye-opening commentary on big social changes. There are workers cottages to see, & workshops & tooling, including large...More
The Hamlet isn't a big deal, in some ways, as there's not a lot in terms of flash stuff there. But it is a genuinely fascinating glimpse into the early industrial past of Sheffield. It's about an hour's worth, or a bit longer on a...More
A superb museum that captures the local history of Abbeydale perfectly , its very much as it was hundreds of years ago. A step back in time that tells the story of Scythe making on the site and local steelmaking. Its great that places like...More
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet or Kelham Island? (3 Replies)
In Sheffield for the weekend and want to learn about the industrial heritage (especially metal working). Neither the industrial Hamlet or Kelham Island are open today and worried if I do both tomorrow I might have museum fatigue, also even if I do both my dad is likely to only do one. Could anyone recommend which would be better (3 adults, no children)? Thanks
September 16, 2017|
I'd go for Kelham Island as it covers a wider range of things than the scythe works at Abbeydale. The River Don engine is rather wonderful. Good pubs like the Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern too.