Newcomen Beam Engine – Elsecar Heritage Centre

7th May 2021

The Newcomen Beam Engine is one of South Yorkshire’s finest surviving legacies of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1795 the Engine was designed to extract water from Elsecar New Colliery to allow the exploration of deeper coal seams.

The Beam Engine ran from 1795 to 1923 when it was replaced by electric pumps, and at its peak could draw up to 600 gallons per minute. The Newcomen Beam Engine is the only one of its kind in the world to remain in its original location.

 Here you can see the engine in action, and how it is cared for by the Visitor Services Assistants at Elsecar.