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Purchased, 1961. Museums Sheffield
Sheffield Scythe Tilters
Artist: Godfrey Sykes , British, 1824 - 1866
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 718 x 885 x 95mm Sight size: 476 x 629mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3244
This view of the inside of a tilt forge is possibly Abbeydale scythe works which can still be seen today at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. The workers are heating up and hammering the metal to shape it into scythe blades. Water-powered tilt-hammers were introduced in the 1700s, and for 150 years their repetitive thunder echoed down the valleys of Sheffield’s rural rivers. In Victorian times, they began to be replaced by even noisier steam-hammers as the heavy steel industry grew.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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