Before it developed into a major industrial centre based on coal and steel, Rotherham was an ancient market town. The 19th century witnessed a tremendous growth, the population growing from 17,000 in 1801 to 120,000 in 1901. Most of the traditional industries have now vanished, although there is still a steelworks at Aldwarke and a coal mine at Maltby.

Although few ancient buildings survive in Rotherham, the town does contain one of only four surviving medieval bridge chapels in the country: the 15th-century Chapel of Our Lady on Chantry Bridge. The chapel was restored in 1923, having previously been used successively as the town jail, a dwelling house and a tobacconist's shop.

There is also Rotherham Minster, which is said to be one of the finest examples of medieval Perpendicular architecture in the country.

OS grid reference SK 435 925


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Local attractions

Magna Science Adventure Centre is an educational visitor attraction, primarily appealing to children. It is located in a disused steel mill in the Templeborough district of Rotherham. The site was formerly home to the Steel, Peech and Tozer steelworks which, at its peak, was over a mile long, employing 10,000 workers, and housing six electric arc furnaces producing 1.8 million tonnes of steel a year.

Born in Rotherham

Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849) - poet, known as the Corn Law Rhymer

Sandy Powell (1900-1982) - comedian

Paul Shane (1940-) - comic actor

Gervase Phinn (1946-) - author and educator

Useful and informative links

Rotherham Advertiser
Rotherham photographs from Geograph
Rotherham TownTalk
Wikipedia article on Rotherham

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