Rivelin Valley, near Black Brook, Sheffield
, British, 1799 - 1871
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 506 x 766mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: K1912.1
The river Rivelin was exploited for centuries as a power source, driving the water wheels of up to twenty works (forging, metal-working and flour milling) along its course. The valley was especially loved by the "Corn Law Rhymer" Ebenezer Elliott. There is a rock by the side of Black Brook with his name carved on it where he was known to sit and appreciate nature. Elliott wrote the lyrical poem "Farewell To Rivelin" in honour of the valley. The popular Rivelin Valley Nature Trail that was created in 1967.