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© Derwent Wye Donated, 2014. Museums Sheffield
Wire Mill Dam
painting
Date Made/Found: 1975
Artist: George Cunningham , 1924 - 1996
Material and Medium: oil on wood
Dimensions: Frame: 325 x 429 x 31mm Sight size: 233 x 337mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 2014.25
Wire Mill Dam is one of several dams along the River Porter, and today is a popular angling spot for local fishermen The dam was built by Thomas Boulsover in 1761 to power his forge and rolling mill. A memorial on the path today marks the site of his workshops. Boulsover is known for inventing Old Sheffield Plate, an innovative method of firing a thin layer of silver onto copper. In the 1860s the mill became a wire mill and this is the name by which it is still known.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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