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The Glassworks Cone

A Grade I Listed Building in Catcliffe, Rotherham

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Latitude: 53.3927 / 53°23'33"N

Longitude: -1.3617 / 1°21'42"W

OS Eastings: 442545

OS Northings: 388614

OS Grid: SK425886

Mapcode National: GBR LYX6.ZK

Mapcode Global: WHDDK.1ZVH

Entry Name: The Glassworks Cone

Listing Date: 29 March 1968

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1132732

English Heritage Legacy ID: 335632

Location: Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60

County: Rotherham

Civil Parish: Catcliffe

Built-Up Area: Catcliffe

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Brinsworth and Catliffe

Church of England Diocese: Sheffield

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Listing Text

(west side, off)
7/1 The Glassworks
Glass cone. c1740 for William Fenney. Dressed sandstone plinth wall, brickwork
above. Immense cone approximately 20 metres high pierced by openings round its
base and open at the top. On east and west sides, at present ground level, are
brick archways now buried. Sloping plinth wall with band above. Springing from
band are 3 large segmentally-arched openings; also set around base are 3 round-
arched openings, 2 segmentally-arched doorways and 4 segmentally-arched windows.

Interior: floor concreted, no visible remains of central kiln.

William Fenney previously managed the Bolsterstone Glasshouse owned by his
mother-in-law. The terms of her will prevented Fenney from setting up another
glasshouse within 10 miles of Bolsterstone; Catcliffe is 10 1/2 miles to the south-
east and its glassworks became one of four established in the first half of the
C18 by Bolsterstone men. Eventually passed into the hands of Henry Blunn before
its closure in 1884-1887; re-opened briefly in 1900. Excavation of the site in
1962 revealed details of the kiln and flue structures. The cone is the oldest
surviving structure of its type in Western Europe and one of only 4 to remain
in the U. K. Scheduled Ancient Monument.
G. Lewis, 'The Catcliffe Glassworks,
Journal of Industrial Archaeology, 1964-65, vol 1, pp206-211.

Listing NGR: SK4254588614

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