As part of the work in the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone (a three year partnership project with Barnsley Museums), Historic England has just announced the designation and up-grading of 16 sites by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The six new sites include the former Elsecar ironworks, which produced plating for HMS Warrior, the Royal Navy’s first armour plated warship; Hemingfield Colliery, a surviving mid-19th century colliery, and a school built by the Earl Fitzwilliam. All the buildings in the Elsecar Heritage Centre have been upgraded to II* and Elsecar New Colliery Scheduled Monument enlarged.
Veronica Fiorato of Historic England said: ‘What is remarkable about Elsecar is that so much of its rich industrial heritage survives today. Not only can we see many of the remains of its collieries and ironworks but also the community that was built around it – the school, the workers cottages and the church. These new listings will both help to raise the profile of Elsecar’s significance and also protect its rich heritage for future generations’.
Further details can be found here: