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|‘The Balloon and Miller Plaque’
|view of plaque
|Height: 120; Width: 84 cm
|In the wall at the entrance to the farm on Blackergreen Lane
|Sheffield Hallam University
|Description: The plaque is divided into two scenes one above the other. The upper half of the panel shows a balloon, [check with slide] the lower half a horseman galloping from right to left surrounded by water. Behind him is a sluice gate, in front of him can be seen half of a mill-wheel. The whole is surrounded by rocks, trees and intertwined leaves.
Commission: Organised by the Silkstone Heritage Stones Project, composed of local residents. Commissioned June 1991, finished September and sited October of the same year.
In 1853 a balloon landed near this site. It had been part of a demonstration about the fall of Sebastopol prior to the onset of the Crimean War. "The balloonist, in fear of his life from the throng which gathered around him, offered an individual in the crowd 10/- to pack his balloon and deliver it to the station" 
The horseman on the plaque is the local miller who would release the dam sluice gate at Blacker Green and gallop back to the mill in a race with the water. There is also a story relating to the Huskar Pit disaster in which the miller raced in vain to warn those in the pit that flood water was entering the mine.
References:  Sara Selwood: The benefits of public art in Great Britain