Posted by: North Officer | 19/11/2012

Revealing More of Ecclesfield’s Industrial Past

Ecclesfield Conservation Group was formed in 2008 to protect and conserve the character of the built and undeveloped parts of the village and its immediate surroundings. Following the successful installation of the first heritage interpretation panel in the village in March this year, the Group has completed two further panels which will be accompanied by free, full colour leaflets (available at a number of local shops and at Ecclesfield library).

Written with help from local historians Mel and Joan Jones, and funded through the East Peak Industrial Heritage Support Programme, the new panels tell more fascinating stories about the working past of Ecclesfield, and will be of interest to visitors and residents alike.

The first of the new interpretation panels will be unveiled at the entrance to Ecclesfield Park on the common (opposite Morrison’s supermarket) at 10.00 on Saturday 1st December 2012. The second panel will be unveiled soon afterwards at the junction of Mill Road and Church Street. Should the weather be very inclement on the day a project launch will be held instead inside the nearby St Mary’s Church, Ecclesfield. Free refreshments will be available afterwards in the Church, courtesy of Eric Eyre Funeral Services.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join the Group at this event, to learn more about many of the things from our industrial past that have helped to shape the north and east of the present day Ecclesfield. The Ecclesfield Conservation Group looks forward to continuing to safeguard features of interest in the village and to sharing these special characteristics with local people and with visitors to the area as well. Anyone who would like to join the Group and to helping with this work in the future will be warmly welcomed.

The East Peak Industrial Heritage Support programme is jointly funded by English Heritage and the East Peak Leader Programme (with funding from Defra and the European Union).

For further information on this event please contact Ian Deans on 0114 240 1842 or mountdown.deans@sky.com

Further information on the work of the Ecclesfield Conservation Group can be accessed via their website www.conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com or by contacting the Chairman John Ellis on 0114 246 5601.

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