Barnsley is a town in South Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies on the River Dearne
A glass works was established at Silkstone around 1659 by John Pilmey, who had emigrated from France some years earlier. The glassworks had two furnaces, one for green glass and the other white. John married Abigail Scott at Silkstone in 1658, later she was one of the signatories who successfully petitioned Parliament against the Glass tax in 1696. Her death is recorded on William Scott’s gravestone in the North Aisle of Silkstone Church. John Warburton in 1718 when preparing his map of Yorkshire noted as he passed Silkstone Church “pass a rill at the bottom the glass house on the right” The remains of the glassworks and pottery were excavated by English Heritage in 2003, and the site was subsequently protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Over the door at Pot House, (once a gentleman’s residence) had the letters ”Momento Mori” (remember you must die) A.P.AD 1682” The house was just below Potter Hill where the clay was of suitable quality for pottery and earthen ware. The second main activity was an 18th-century Pottery, much pottery was excavated by archaeologists. The pot kilns were fired by Silkstone coal. The Potter John Taylor’s grave is in Silkstone Church yard. He died on 14 July 1815 aged 72 years, his wife Hannah died 13 August 1815 aged 68.
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