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Stacey Wheel
photograph
Date Made/Found: 1864-1875
Dimensions: Overall: 65 × 90mm Mount: 70 × 110mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: K28.11.75.9.7
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 the Stacey Grinding Wheel and two men in the background. The flood completely destroyed it, except for the foundation stones and the water-wheel. Although nobody was working there at the time of the flood, many people claimed for the loss of their job at the Wheel. You can see the claim from Aaron Wilson, a razor blade grinder here.
Richard Ibbotson, saw manufacturer, claimed for all his tools and equipment, time and expenses. You can see his claim here.
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