Elsecar, which was part of the original Northern Powerhouse, has long been familiar with tourists visiting the Victorian Railway, beautiful stone cottages and historic reservoirs.
Although the former pit village of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was hit hard during the epidemic, it, like many sight hotspots, needs to be strengthened by the renewed recognition of its industrial heritage.
The Department of Digital, Cultural, Media and Sports (DCMS) listed and upgraded 16 historic sites from the 18th to 19th centuries on the advice of Historic England.
Among the six newly listed sites were plating for Elsecar’s former ironwork, the Royal Navy’s first armored warship, the HMS Warrior, a rare pithead left in the mid-1800s, and three workers’ huts.
The village was built by Earls Fitzwilliam in the 1700s near their estate in Wentworth Woodhouse. William FitzWilliam, the fourth lover and wig statesman and one of Britain’s richest men at the time, turned it into a model industrial village with quality homes, allotments, a church and a school for workers.
Historical England said the school, known as Elseker Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, was listed in Grade II. This is in recognition of the “paternalistic attitude” of the ears towards their workers.
All nine sites have been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II *, making it to the top 10% of the most important historic buildings in England. This includes Earl VI’s personal railway station, which now operates as a nursery called Railway Children, and was used as a departure point for trips to the Doncaster races in the nineteenth century.
Although there are numerous listed buildings in several villages across the country, Elsecker said the body is unusual because concentration remains. Buildings associated with the Industrial Revolution.
Debbie Mays, Listing Head of Historic England, said: “We can see not only the ruins of its colliery and ironwork, but also the community built around it: the school, the workers’ huts, the church.”
He said the new approvals were marked by high indices in multiple areas mentioned by historic England and still bear the brunt of the 1980s pit closure and miners’ strike. It is in a three-year partnership with the Barnsley Museums to promote the economic and cultural growth of the village by promoting the industrial past.
Elsewhere, it normally attracts 700,000 visitors each year, but the number has dropped this year due to the corona virus, but the number is “very high,” the body said.
Listing sites are guaranteed extra protection, and suggestions for making changes to it should take into account their historical interest.
Sir Stephen Houghton, Chairman of the Bara Council, said: “We are proud of the official recognition of the significance of Elsecker’s legacy. Already visited by more than half a million people each year, this village greatly helps the local people, and supports work and economic impact on our communities. ”
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