Newcomen Beam Engine at Elsecar to be restored

The Newcomen Beam Engine, located at Elsecar Heritage Centre, 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 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.

TV chefs the Hairy Bikers have recently visited Elsecar to see the Newcomen beam engine. The pair were filming at the centre as part of a new three-part documentary about the country’s industrial heritage.

The show is due to be broadcast on BBC Two.