Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural 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 group of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

See the Manager's House and Worker's Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK!

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been restored and transformed following a 3 year £1million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project completed in 2016.


***The cafe at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is currently closed for refurbishment - we look forward to welcoming you soon with a new look, great coffee and a fantastic new menu!***

What's on

Summer Holidays: Shapes of Abbeydale

Discover different shapes around the Hamlet, then make a block colour picture of what you find!

Waterwheel Restoration Talk with the Engineering Team

Hear about historic engineering at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and the ambitious project to replace two water wheel shafts on site.

Learning Centre

Our fully accessible Learning Centre. Our new café is coming soon!

All About Abbeydale

Our new gallery tells the story behind the works, its people and their working lives.

The Works!

Everyone can get hand-on with history at The Works!