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These images were taken at Shepherd Wheel, Sheffield.  The only surviving water-powered grinding workshop in the Porter Valley.  First recorded in 1566 it was used for grinding table, pen and pocket knives.  Originally known as Porter Wheel it takes its current name from Edward Shepherd, the leaseholder from 1749 – 1794.

Conditions in the workshop were dark, damp and dangerous.  Grinders would sit or stand astride the stone grinding wheels.  Imperfections in the stones meant that occasionally while spinning at high speed wheels would shatter, with inevitable casualties.

Grinding at Shepherd Wheel ceased in the 1930’s.

Shepherd Wheel is open all year round and admission is free.  For more information about Shepherd Wheel, location and opening times click HERE

13. Shepherd Wheel - Porter Valley - Sheffield

14. Shepherd Wheel - Porter Valley - Sheffield

Shepherd Wheel Workshop

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First image taken from Sheffield on 27 September at 22:45hrs

Second image taken from Sheffield on 28 September at 03:35hrs

A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit around the Earth, where it appears to be visibly larger in the sky.  A supermoon total lunar eclipse is a relatively rare phenomenon. During the 1900’s there were only 5 occurrences.  The last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982 and the next will not be seen until 2033.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are almost exactly in line.  As the full Moon moves into the Earths shadow it dims considerably but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.  The Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light more strongly than red, and it is this red light that reaches the lunar surface.  As a result, during the eclipse the moon appears red or rust coloured, giving rise to the “Blood Moon” nickname. For more information about the science search for information on Rayleigh Scattering, which is the same mechanism that causes colorful sunrises and sunsets.

See also the 2015 solar eclipse on Postcard Cafe HERE

Listen to: Harvest Moon by Neil Young   HERE

Listen to: Goodnight Moon by Shivaree  HERE

Super Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse – 28 September 2015

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These photographs were taken at the building in George Street, once occupied by Sheffield Banking Company.  Built in 1793 it was originally Georges Coffee House.  In 1831 it was acquired by Sheffield Banking Company who proceeded to make a number of alterations to the building including construction of the substantial underground security vaults.  The building is now Grade II listed and presently occupied by Curzon Cinema.  

Bank Job