Fitzwilliam Lodge


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Fitzwilliam Lodge, Fitzwilliam Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8EZ


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Statutory Address:
Fitzwilliam Lodge, Fitzwilliam Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8EZ

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Barnsley (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SK 38376 99963


This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 22/10/2020

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HOYLAND NETHER Elsecar FITZWILLIAM STREET (north-east side), Fitzwilliam Lodge

(formerly listed as Miners' Lodging House)


GV II Miners' lodging house now 14 dwellings. Built 1853 for the Fitzwilliam estate, restored 1982.

MATERIALS: deeply-coursed, dressed sandstone, Welsh slate roof.

EXTERIOR: the building is of three storeys above a basement. The principal elevation has a symmetrical seven-bay frontage, the central three bays being pedimented and slightly broken forward. Set back to the right there is a two-storey, single-bay addition and to the rear there is a two-storey wing connected to the main block by a lower link block. The principal elevation has a central doorway with a pair of fielded-panel doors beneath a fanlight with radial glazing bars, the doorway and fanlight being set within an ashlar surround that has moulded imposts, archivolt, paterae and a slight cornice. The cornice is set at the level of a first-floor band that runs around the building, a similar band linking the first-floor window sills above. The windows are sashes with glazing bars. The windows to the ground-floor have sunken apron panels; those to the second-floor have projecting sills. There is an eaves cornice and the gables are coped. The central pediment has a glazed oculus window. The roof retains two gable and two ridge-stacks, all being tabled. The gable ends of the building are of three bays, which have bands and cornice, the central bays having doubled sashes, the gables being pedimented framing a central oculus.

INTERIOR: includes a cantilevered stone staircase with an iron balustrade.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT: from the late C18, Elsecar was the industrial village of the Earls Fitzwilliam, whose seat of Wentworth Woodhouse lies nearby. At Elsecar they invested in coal mining and iron working, erecting industrial buildings along with good quality workers’ housing and a range of other urban facilities including a church and school, all within what had been an agricultural landscape. The survival of many of these buildings makes Elsecar an important and significant place, telling the story of three centuries of coal mining, Christian paternalism, and industrial boom and decline. The Miners’ Lodging House was commissioned by the fifth Earl Fitzwilliam (1786-1857) to provide lodgings for unmarried miners, the rear wing originally being a subscription reading room for the village. It has been described as the most impressive element of the housing provided for the Fitzwilliam mining village. It was admirably restored by a housing association in 1982 following a long period of dereliction.

Listing NGR: SK3837699963


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Books and journals
Rimmer, J, Went, D, Jessop, L, The Village of Elsecar, South Yorkshire: Historic Area Assessment. Historic England Research Report 06-2019, (2019)
Buildings at Risk South Yorkshire, (1984)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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