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Elsecar Iron Works

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near Barnsley

1859 William Henry and George Dawes, ironmasters, needed ore for their works at Milton and Elsecar, near Barnsley, and took trial quantities of the newly discovered Frodingham ironstone.

1860s The Elsecar Iron Works were the most famous in South Yorkshire at that time but later ceased operations and were dismantled.

1885 "...During the past week the last ray of hope in connection with the establishment of the old and well-known Elsecar Worn. near Barnsley, has vanished. The work, which were replete with valuable machinery for the purpose of producing sheet, rodand bar iron, in addition to other kinds of work, have been carried on by Mr. G. Dawes, the property belonging to Earl Fitzwilliam. The lease expired at the close of last year, and not being renewed; the machinery and plant were dismantled, the hammer beds being blown up with dynamite..."[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1885/09/25