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Low Matlock Forge and Rolling Mill

Cutlers grinding wheel of 1732 on the River Loxley. Forge c1800. This rolling mill in the Loxley Valley replaced an earlier mill destroyed in the 1864 Dale Dyke Dam flood (qv). Date stone 1882. The overshot waterwheel which until 1956 drove the mills is believed to be the largest surviving waterwheel in the five Sheffield valleys. The 2-high rolling mills driven electrically but otherwise are typically 19th century. One of only three or four works in Sheffield still (2017) doing hand rolling - red hot bar fed into the rolls taken out and transferred by hand held tongs.

Roll turning lathe c1880 in use in 1994. Listed separately II* 1132839.

Falconer, K. Guide to England's industrial heritage. Batsford, 1980, item FALSY13.
Bayliss, D (ed). A guide to the industrial history of South Yorkshire. Association for Industrial Archaeology, 1995, item E47.

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Key Words :- forge rolling mill
Address :- Low Matlock Lane, Loxley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6RN
Grid Ref :- SK 30951 89419
Co-ordinates :- Lat - 53.400694 , Long - -1.535961
Local Authority :- Sheffield City Council
Pre 1974 County :- Yorkshire - West Riding
Site Condition :- Operational site, in use for original purpose
Site Status :- Scheduled Ancient Monument SAM
Listing No :- 1019857
Site Dates :- 1882 -