Porter Mill 11 – Upper Lescar Wheel

Porter Brook

Location of Upper Lescar Wheel

The location of the site of Upper Lescar Wheel
Mill Co-ordinates: 53.367532°,-1.499848°

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Lescar Wheels in 1863

The two Lescar Wheels in 1863
showing the junction of the ‘New’ Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale at Hunters Bar

1903 OS map showing the empty site of Upper Lescar dam

1903 OS map showing the empty site of Upper Lescar dam

The wheel was built between 1753 and 1754. Although two separate wheels known as ‘Leche Carr’ existed as early as 1584 in the surrounding area and were being used during the seventeenth century.

In 1753 Richard Hall, cutler of Crookes Moorside, took out a lease to build a wheel above the Lescar Wheel on Sharrow Moor. Rights to the land and access to water involved both the Fitzwilliam, Bright and Norfolk estates.

By 1777-8 Joseph and Benjamin Broomhead were the tenants with fourteen troughs and fourteen employees. On their respective deaths the tenancy rights were passed on to a son and daughter (Rutherford).

In 1827 Hall and Dyson were sub-tenants. John Dewsnap was leasing the wheel in 1830 and bought it the following year. Dewsnap sold out to Henry Wilson in 1854 who leased the wheel to James Howarth (1855-75).

The wheel was still in existence in 1893 but was then demolished and the dam filled in.

What is visible now?

The position of the dam for Upper Lescar Wheel is indicated by the shops and dwellings on Sharrow Vale Road between Hunters Bar and Steel Road and the cobbled lane behind them.

The location of Upper Lescar dam

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The western (Hunters Bar) end of the Upper Lescar Wheel dam was in the lane between these shops on Sharrow Vale Road
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.367245°,-1.501493°

The location of Upper Lescar dam

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The east end of the Lescar Wheel dam is indicated by the lane between these shops on Sharrow Vale Road
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.367346°,-1.499577°

The cobbled lane on the site of Upper Lescar dam

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The cobbled lane on the site of Upper Lescar dam
(view from the Hunters Bar end)
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.36747°,-1.501446°