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Elsecar Heritage Centre gets Great Place Scheme backing

Posted: 27/09/2017

Leading West Yorkshire Property consultants Walker Singleton have been appointed as members of a specialist consultancy team by Barnsley MBC Museums and Arts Service to contribute to a Destination Business Plan on opportunities for the Elsecar Heritage Centre following a funding announcement earlier in 2017 from The Great Place Scheme, a project to ensure that investment  by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England has the maximum positive impact on this important regional cultural visitor destination.

Elsecar village is located between Barnsley and Rotherham and was transformed in the 1700s by the Earl Fitzwilliam into a thriving centre of iron and coal which was often visited by aristocrats and royalty. For 150 years it was the industrial estate village of the nearby Grade I Listed Country House at Wentworth Woodhouse and was developed by the Marquis of Rockingham and Earl Fitzwilliam into a model village. The village still houses its original Newcomen Beam steam engine, the only one in the world in its original location. Elsecar village was purchased by Barnsley Council in 1988 and was the subject of a major restoration at that time.

Walker Singleton are working with a team of specialist consultants on the project coordinated by L and R Consulting, tourism, cultural and regeneration experts.