Shepherd Wheel

Shepherd Wheel is a unique surviving 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, skilled grinders produced fine, sharp cutting edges. It was not until the 1930s that grinding ceased and the Wheel’s 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.

Shepherd Wheel offers a welcoming outdoor covered space for hire for bespoke events, performances, community and learning activities.

Free admission, please check the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust website for opening times.


Shepherd Wheel,
Whiteley Woods,
Off Hangingwater Road,
S11 2YE.

0114 2722106