Elscar 1880

14th June 2022

An Earl’s Village of Iron and Coal

Step Back in Time to the Elsecar of 1880 in this stunning fly-through digital reconstruction of Elsecar at the height of its industrial might.

Experience what it was like to live and work there in Victorian times and fly through ironworks, collieries, workshops and village streets, surrounding by beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

See Earl Fitzwilliam of Wentworth Woodhouse speaking to his workers, iron puddlers busy by their furnaces and the families who lived on the canal.

Watch the cricketers of Elsecar Cricket Club knocking the ball for six, locals outside The Market, barges up at Hemingfield Colliery and the mighty Milton Ironworks.

See the 1795 Newcomen Engine, the world’s oldest steam engine still in place, back in steam, its mighty beam nodding, pumping water from deep underground.

Supported by the hard work of local volunteer historians and experts from across the UK, the reconstruction has been produced by digital creator Martin Moss of Dextra Digital.

It’s part of the Barnsley Museums and Historic England Heritage Action Zone partnership, which has transformed understanding of the importance of Elsecar, and is also a legacy project of the Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place Programme, supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Watch the film here Elsecar 1880: Victorian Elsecar Revealed! – YouTube or in Elsecar Visitor Centre, on a giant Ultra-High Definition screen.

Elscar 1880