This is probably the largest working waterwheel in Dorset, measuring 26 feet (nearly 8 metres) in diameter and 3’9” (114cms) in width. It has a special place in Sherborne’s history because of its role in providing a water supply for the town from 1869 after which the death rate from water-borne diseases was reduced by more than a half. It continued as a very efficient method of pumping water to the reservoir in the Bristol Road until 1959 when it went out of use.
In 1876 a Hindley steam engine and boiler were installed in a new building to augment the supply of water delivered by the waterwheel. A refurbished similar engine that came from Gillingham Brickworks has been installed and will be running under steam on open days.
In 1981 an organisation was formed to restore and repair the wheel which was re-installed in early 2008 and can be seen on open working days; a steam engine now significantly adds to the Centres’ attractions.
The site is owned by Wessex Water and is located along Oborne Road, Sherborne DT9 3RX.
Access is from Oborne Road, down a lane 100 yards from the Castleton / Long Street / Newland junction. There is limited parking on site, additional Parking available in nearby Oborne Road
For opening times and entrance charges please refer to the website Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre
OPEN DAYS 2019
Sunday 13 January : Steam up with mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 10 March
Sunday 07 April
Sunday 12 May
Sunday 02 June
Sunday 14 July
Sunday 11 August
Saturday & Sunday 14 & 15 September *
Sunday 13 October
* entry by donation, Part of Dorset Heritage week. See www.sswc.co.uk
For more information see also Facebook Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre
Group visits (not exceeding 20 people) can also be arranged. We need 10 days notice to arrange a private visit.
Please contact any of the following to make a booking:
For information on private group visits please telephone any of these Sherborne numbers:
Geoff Ward +44(0) 1963 250206
David Wilkins +44(0) 1935 816324