South Yorkshire landmark gets a touch of glass

The Catcliffe Glass Cone, which has undergone four weeks of essential maintenance

The Catcliffe Glass Cone, which has undergone four weeks of essential maintenance

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One of South Yorkshire’s most distinctive landmarks has had a facelift.

The Catcliffe Glass Cone in Rotherham has undergone four weeks of maintenance including repointing, lead flashing and brickwork restoration.

Nigel Kynaston, of York-based restoration specialist William Anelay Ltd which carried out the work on behalf of Rotherham Council, said: “The cone was in a state of disrepair with occasional falling masonry.

“It’s a landmark that’s visible from the M1 and has a special place in the hearts of the community, so it’s good to have played a part in ensuring its structural integrity.”

The quirky structure, one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind in Western Europe, was built in 1740 and used for manufacturing glass until 1900.

During World War One, the cone housed prisoners of war, and was used as a soup kitchen during industrial disputes in 1926.

Karl Battersby of Rotherham Council, said: “William Anelay workers have done a fantastic job of ensuring this iconic structure will remain at the heart of Rotherham far into the future.”