Visit Rotherham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Rotherham, South Yorkshire. A close neighbour to Sheffield, Rotherham, too, is chiefly a child of the Industrial Revolution. Its coal-mines, iron, steel, brass and glass works dominated its situation in the Don valley. Like other towns of its generation, Rotherham has been rebuilding in recent years, but some of the medieval street plan remains. With the founding of the College of Jesus in 1482 by Archbishop Thomas Rotherham of York, the town became an important centre of learning. The college ended with the Dissolution.
The town's showpiece, All Saints Church, succeeded Anglo-Saxon and Norman churches on its site. Its pinnacled tower, 1409, is the earliest part and the remainder is almost entirely 15th-century. There are some finely carved bench ends and stalls. It was restored in 1875.
The other medieval survivals in the town are the Chapel of Our Lady and the four-arched bridge at which it stands. The only other bridge chantry in the county is at Wakefield. This one was built in 1482 and after the Dissolution served successively as an almshouse, a prison and a tobacconist's shop. It was restored in 1924. The old bridge, returned to its 15-ft width, was scheduled as an Ancient Monument when the new Chantry Bridge was completed in 1930.
Modern growth began with the establishment of the first ironworks in 1746 by Samuel Walker, a former schoolmaster. John Wesley often visited Rotherham and Nonconformity became firmly established, especially after Walker built the Independent Chapel in 1763. He died 20 years later and his mausoleum is in the chapel graveyard. His son, Joshua, was at the time of his father's death building Clifton House, with John Carr of York as his architect.
A favourite outing is to Roche Abbey, 8 miles East. Wentworth Woodhouse, which is really two l8th-century houses facing in opposite directions, is 4 miles from the town centre.
Nearby cities: Sheffield
Nearby towns: Barnsley, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Worksop
Nearby villages: Aldwark, Aston, Attercliffe, Bramley, Brampton en le Morth, Brightside, Canklow, Carbrook, Darnall, Ecclesfield, Elsecar, Greasbrough, Grimesthorpe, Harley, Heeley, High Hazels, Hooton Roberts, Kilnhurst, Kimberworth, Mexborough, Orgreave, Rawmarsh, Sheffield, Swallownest, Swinton, Templeborough, Thrybergh, Tinsley, Treeton, Ulley, West Melton, Wickersley, Wincobank, Woodhouse Mill
Have you decided to visit Rotherham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Rotherham bed and breakfast (a Rotherham B&B or Rotherham b and b)
- a Rotherham guesthouse
- a Rotherham hotel (or motel)
- a Rotherham self-catering establishment, or
- other Rotherham accommodation