Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone

The Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) is a 4-year partnership project between Barnsley Council and Historic England. It launched in 2020 and will run until the end of March 2024.

The scheme will fund conservation repairs to key historic buildings on the west side of Eldon Street (part of the Old Town Conservation Area) through grants to building owners, and support works to bring upper floorspace back into commercial use. The project will also work with local business and the local community to uncover and celebrate the stories and often overlooked heritage of one of Barnsley’s most important historic high streets.

Eldon Street was first laid out in the 1840s, as part of the first expansion of Barnsley town centre beyond its earlier medieval core. It quickly became a cultural and social hub, with new shops, houses, theatres and pubs. From the 1850s it also became a gateway to the town when the new railway station opened at the north end of the street. Today Eldon Street forms an important link between the Old Town and the new Glassworks development at the heart of Barnsley Town Centre. The HSHAZ will help to rejuvenate Eldon Street and improve connectivity within the town.

The project will also support cultural events and activities on Eldon Street, in conjunction with cultural partners including The Civic, Barnsley, Barnsley Libraries and Barnsley College. We will shortly be launching a creative consultation asking people to share their thoughts and hopes for Eldon Street. You can also follow the project on twitter at @EldonHAZ

Read more about the consultation and how you can have your say here

Read more about Eldon Street in our recent blog here

For more information about the HSHAZ grants scheme please visit the main Barnsley Council website