MAJOR conservation works in the town centre has uncovered a ‘ghost sign’ - providing an insight into Barnsley’s interesting past.

The works are part of the Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), which is in its final stages, and work has begun to restore the historic shopfronts.

As part of that work, the modern signs have been removed, revealing a series of ‘ghost’ signs underneath.

Signs from the Tetley tobacconist (36 Eldon Street) and Cable Shoes (38 Eldon Street) have revealed some previously unknown history about the building, including previous businesses and changing trends and tastes over the decades.

Ghost signs are often faded or painted signs that were used to advertise businesses, products or services on the walls or facades of buildings.

It is hoped that the ghost signs on Eldon Street can remain on view when the conservation works are finished, but this will require further investigation.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “The history of Eldon Street is fascinating and the HAZ project continues to uncover more untold stories about the businesses, people, and buildings.

“The restoration work will offer huge improvements to the area connecting the transformed Glass Works square to the historical parts of the town centre.”

Historic England’s Nicky Brown added: “These ghost signs are a wonderful discovery.

“The faded relics of advertising from a bygone era give us a tantalising peak into Barnsley’s cultural and social history.”