The Sheaf

Map showing the location of River SHeaf

Location of the River Sheaf

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The start of the River Sheaf

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The start of the River Sheaf.
Totley Brook at the top of the photo, joins Old Hay Brook, flowing in from the right. The Sheaf flows out to the left.
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.320098°,-1.524004°

Hamlet Weir

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The weir which diverts water from the Sheaf into the dam at Abbeydale Hamlet
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.329774°, -1.514311°

Dam at Abbeydale Hamlet

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Looking across the dam at Abbeydale Hamlet towards the mill buildings
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.332846°, -1.513753°

The Sheaf joins the Don

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After its journey under the Railway Station, past Ponds Forge and Park Square, the River Sheaf reappears (centre of this photo) at its junction with the River Don.
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.385526°, -1.462764°

The River Sheaf starts its journey at the junction of Old Hay Brook and Totley Brook, just south of the A621 (Abbeydale Road South), close to the point where the road crosses over the Hope Valley railway line from Sheffield to Manchester.

The Sheaf then flows north east, through Abbeydale towards its junction with the River Don close to the centre of the City of Sheffield.

Along the way, the Sheaf is fed by several  small brooks and streams, gathering water from the hills of Beauchief, Ecclesall, Woodseats and Heeley.

For a long period in Sheffield’s history, the water from the Sheaf was used to drive water wheels which once stood along its banks. Very little now remains of these old mills and workshops but one of them – Abbeydale Works,an old scythe works – has been restored and is now operated by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust as Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

As the River Sheaf approaches the centre of Sheffield, it disappears from view under the junction of Queen’s Road and St. Mary’s Road. The main Sheffield Railway Station was built over the Sheaf in the Ponds area, now covered by the Transport Interchange.

The river can be seen for a short distance as it comes out from under the railway station before disappearing underground again to pass the site of Ponds Forge, now a water sports complex, and Park Square.

The Sheaf reappears for the final time at the point where it joins the River Don. It was here that the Sheaf and the Don once formed part of the defences for Sheffield Castle. The entrance to the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal at Victoria Quays is just a short walk from here.

The Don then flows north through Attercliffe and Brightside towards Rotherham and Doncaster.
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Video Links
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History of the River Sheaf by Red City Projects.

Web Links:
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Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre