Newcomen Beam Engine

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, at its peak it 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.

In 1972 the engine was classified as a scheduled ancient monument and is one of the top 10 key industrial sites on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register due to its 'outstanding importance to England's industrial past'.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the engine a grant for a full restoration. The two-year project, to be run by Barnsley Council, will see the world-famous beam engine, shaft, and engine house restored to full working order and conserved within the wider site of the Elsecar Village Conservation Area.

The Newcomen Beam Engine will be open to the public once the restoration is completed but in the meantime look out for our special access days. For further information please check the events page or call 01226 740203.