The Shepherd Wheel Workshop in Sheffield is an interesting place to stop off at on the Forge Dam to Endcliffe Park walk. It’s free to visit, open all year round, Open every Weekend and Bank Holiday Monday, Summer Opening 10am-4pm, Winter Opening 11am-3pm.
Find it at S11 2YE in Whitely Woods, close to Endcliffe Park.
“Set in the picturesque valley of the Porter Brook, Shepherd Wheel is a unique working example of Sheffield’s knife grinding industry.
It was one of many small water-powered grinding workshops along Sheffield’s rivers and is the earliest complete example of this industry with evidence dating it back to the 1500s.
In this workshop, in dark, damp conditions, skilled grinders produced fine, sharp cutting edges. It was not until the 1930s that grinding ceased and the Wheel’s pivotal role in Sheffield’s cutlery industry ended.
See the restored working waterwheel and machinery in action along with the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding and hear stories about the grinders who worked here over the centuries at this Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument”.
- The little path leading up to the mill dam. Find the little path just outside the windows of the mill up ahead. It can get overgrown. Follow the path upwards, and you’ll be delighted by what you find up there.
- The interesting steps next to the windows to the front left hand side of the building.
- The working water wheel at the back, behind the workshops.
- Talk to the volunteers to find out interesting facts and history about Shepherds Wheel.
- There’s fantastic little paddling spots around in the woods and benches.
- I highly recommend walking to Forge Dam.
A visit is free and when you’re on the forge dam to endcliffe park walk, if it’s open you should go in and have a look. Very interesting. This is one of my hidden gems in Sheffield… find the rest of the places on the list here.