1 to 15, Old Row and attached front garden walls


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1-15, Old Row, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HP


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Statutory Address:
1-15, Old Row, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HP

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Barnsley (Metropolitan Authority)
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HOYLAND NETHER Elsecar Nos 1 to 15 (consec.) Old Row and attached front garden walls

(Formerly listed as Nos 1 to 15 (consec.) Old Row and attached front garden walls, WATH ROAD (west side))

23.4.74 GV II Terrace and attached front garden walls. Late C18, altered C20. Built for the Fitzwilliam estate.

MATERIALS: coursed rubble sandstone, Welsh slate roofing, formerly stone slate.

EXTERIOR: a terrace of two-storey, single-bay cottages. The cottages are arranged in pairs with doors together except for number 1 which is at the right end of the row with its door to the right of its ground-floor window. Door lintels are tooled to imitate voussoirs. Windows are later casements with glazing bars, the openings having concrete sills and rendered lintels. The ridge retains seven brick stacks. The original window openings to the rear have tooled lintels. The attached front enclosure walls have heavy domed copings.

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. Old Row was built for the fourth Earl Fitzwilliam (1748-1833) to house workers for Elsecar New Colliery which opened in 1795, the colliery employing 95 men and boys by 1798. This terrace was one of the earliest (potentially the first) rows of industrial workers’ houses built for the estate. A building break between numbers 10 and 11 suggests that the row was built in two stages. Workers’ housing provided by the Fitzwilliam Estate was regarded as being of a superior quality, for instance they were built with walled yards to both front and rear to provide private outdoor space in addition to the separate allotment garden that was assigned to each cottage.

Listing NGR: SE 3858500095


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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)


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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Date: 26 Jul 2001
Reference: IOE01/04204/03
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