Shepherd Wheel Restoration Project

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Project to restore the Shepherd Wheel heritage site to use as an educational resource and a public heritage site.

Shepherd Wheel is a water-powered grinding workshop in the Porter Valley, and dates back to the 1500s. The site, waterwheel and buildings have recently gone through an extensive refurbishment managed by Sheffield City Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The site is open to the public at weekends and to education groups in the week to explore the site, its history and to see the waterwheel in operation.

Shepherd Wheel is an important survivor that illustrates an important aspect of Sheffield ’s industrial heritage.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust (SIMT) is responsible for providing public access, operating the waterwheel and delivering the learning sessions at the site.

Volunteers are needed at Shepherd Wheel to help on weekends and Bank Holidays to talk to visitors about Shepherd Wheel, to help them understand the site, its history and what it was like to work there. Visit their website to find out more.

A brief history and explanation of the Shepherd Wheel restoration work can be seen in this short video, produced by English Heritage.