Local Listing heritage project

Do you know of important and cherished buildings, monuments and structures in Barnsley that are not protected?

‘Local Listing’ can help give them some protection against demolition, removal or harmful modification. [Only those of national significance can have statutory listed building status.]

There’s a talk on 1st December to tell us about how we can protect Barnsley’s heritage through ‘Local Listing’.

It’s by Sarah Cattell from South Yorkshire Archaeological Service; Sarah is leading the South Yorkshire Heritage Listing Project.

The project is anxious to use the local knowledge of societies like the BCT to identify the buildings and built structures that we think ought to be listed.

All are welcome whether or not you are BCT members. The talk is at 7.00pm on Wednesday 1st December at the Masonic Hall in Cockerham Lane, off Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S75 1AT.

Eldon Street HAZ presentation

Our first presentation in 2021 was a presentation by Tegwen Roberts on the Eldon Street Heritage Action Zone project. This is hoped to have a major impact on Eldon Street and its surroundings including The Civic. Well worth hearing more about! Especially for those of us interested in Barnsley’s heritage and the renewal of our high streets.

Elsecar Heritage Action Zone and Local List

Elsecar. The three year Elsecar Heritage Action Zone has ended with a number of successes. It was a three-year programme (2017-2020) resourced and supported by Historic England working with Barnsley Council and the local community.

Barnsley Civic Trust welcomes the adoption by Barnsley Council of both a Supplementary Planning Document of Best Practice – Design and Maintenance for Elsecar Conservation Area and a Local List of Buildings in Elsecar.

A Local List is useful way of ensuring planning proposals respect the special local interest of buildings, structures or sites on the local list and ensures this is taken into account during the planning process.Buildings, structures or sites are selected for inclusion on the local list based on their relative age, degree of survival, rarity, architectural and historical importance, social and community value and group and townscape merit. It’s good that the Local List approach is intended to be extended across Barnsley.

The Hidden Art of Barnsley

During a period extending over the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, a series of wonderful artists emerged in Barnsley.

Barnsley Art on Your Doorstep, a project running from 2012-2014, explored and showcased this rich and very often forgotten aspect of Barnsley’s heritage.

The results: a book  – available for reference in Barnsley Library, a website, and an exhibition at the Cooper Gallery.

Barnsley Civic Trust is delighted to host an illustrated talk and presentation on ‘The Hidden Art of Barnsley: Monday 2nd March at 7.00pm.
The Lightbox – Barnsley’s Central Library.

Art on Your Doorstep team members – Sally Hayles, Hugh Polehampton, Maureen Wilkinson and Fred Thompson – will provide a visual tour of the 2014 exhibition and discuss the publication and its research.

A unique event – not to be missed. Open to all.

St Mary’s Church Friends Group

A new Friends group is being set up for St Mary’s in Barnsley town centre. It’s for people interested in the history of St Mary’s, a grade II* listed church in the centre of Barnsley, and in caring for and promoting its heritage.

The first meeting of the Friends of Barnsley St Mary group is on Friday 17 January 2020 from noon until one o’clock

Barnsley Canal talk – Tuesday 26 November

A South Yorkshire Industrial History Society talk on “The Barnsley Canal and The Aire and Calder Navigation” by Graham Hague is taking place in Barnsley.

Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7.00 pm.
The Friends Meeting House, Western Street, Barnsley, S70 2HP. Near the town centre just off off Huddersfield Road. Open to all: £2 for non-members

Armistice Day commemorations

100 year Armistice Day Commemoration 11.11.19

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Barnsley remembers

Commemoration of Holgate Grammar School war dead

Horizon school students gather to read the names of former Holgate school students who died in the first world war. 100 years since the first date of this reading ceremony. The Cooper gallery is the former Holgate Grammar School

James Hudson Taylor guided walk – Tuesday 17 September

A red plaque trail commemorates the places that James Hudson Taylor would have known in Barnsley. That’s  James Hudson Taylor – a lad from Barnsley who in the 19th century became a missionary, went to China, and founded one of the largest movements in the world. 

Following on from the Barnsley Civic Trust talk earlier this year,  we have arranged for a guided walk around the town centre based on the locations associated with James Hudson Taylor. All are welcome! 

The walk will take place on Tuesday 17th September and will be led by Fred Thompson of the JHT Trust. The walk will start outside Barnsley College main building at 6.00 pm.

This promises to be a very interesting and enlightening evening. Do come along! 

Talk: Historic Barnsley Streets – Buildings lost and to retain

Barnsley’s historic streets, significant buildings sadly lost and those we should ensure do not disappear in the future.

This illustrated talk on the historic streets of the town and their significant buildings will be given by Stuart Currie of the Tasker Trust.

It’s on the evening of Tuesday 11th June at the Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane off Huddersfield Road (just north of Barnsley Town Centre).

Stuart will look at the historic streets of the town and will highlight significant buildings sadly lost in the changes which have taken place over about the last 100 years.

He will also look at the buildings which we really should ensure do not disappear in the future. An important role for Barnsley Civic Trust.

The talk will be enriched with images from the Tasker collection of historic photographs.

The meeting will commence at 7.00pm but refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

At the beginning of the evening a short annual general meeting will take place with the talk from Stuart Currie following.

We hope you will be able to come along to what promises to be an informative evening. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike.