Around midnight on 11 March 1864 the wall of Dale Dyke dam collapsed, sending a torrent of water down the Loxley valley, through Malin Bridge and Hillsborough. The water travelled along the Don through to Wicker and on towards Rotherham. Many homes and business were destroyed and the water killed at least 240 people. It was the worst civilian disaster of the time and became known as the Great Sheffield Flood.
This photograph shows Turners Wheel at Malin Bridge after being damaged by the flood. We do not know if the people in the background worked at the wheel, or have just come to look at the damage.
After the flood, many people claimed for the loss of wages and employment in consequence of the stoppage of the works at Turners Wheel. Two of the claims can be seen here