Rotherham District Civic Society
Protecting and preserving all that is best in the heritage of Rotherham
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Millmoor
The History of Millmoor from 1907 until 1925 is now available on this website.  Up the Millers....
Blue plaque for Fred Trueman
Our latest blue plaque was unveiled at Maltby Academy on Friday 31st March 2017.  Fred Trueman attended the school for two years.  He went on to take 307 wickets for England and became a BBC Commentator on cricket.  Our thanks go to Alice Rodgers, the Maltby History Society and Maltby Academy for mak...
A new book about Thrybergh

 

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A 16mm film from 1992 featuring the industrial landscape between Rotherham and Sheffield
The Problem of Perspective: \"Every object is the mirror of all others\"
Rotherham, 20 January 2017

The Problem of Perspective is a series of screenings illuminating a distinctly northern perspective on the history of artists’ moving image in England. The project surveys an array of production str...
New book by Ray Hill
The Society has published a new book about growing up in Eastwood, titled 'Just Off School Street' by Ray Hill.  Copies are available, priced £5 from Rotherham Visitor Centre or Chris Hamby's Antiques.  A free pdf version is available by emailing phawkridge@blueyonder.co.uk....
The Local List
The Society has now published a Local List of Buildings with a special architectural or historical interest....
Notable women with a Rotherham connection
Find out how women have contributed to the development of Rotherham.  Originally published by Clifton Local History Group and written by Pauline Quail, go to documents to discover some fascinating stories....
The Public Houses of Westgate
Find out the History of the Public Houses of Westgate, Rotherham in our documents section....
The Threee Cranes
Photographs from the restoration of the Three Cranes on High Street are available to view in documents....
Sir Donald Bailey blue plaque
The Society will be dedicating its' eighth blue plaque to Sir Donald Bailey on 24th February at TRC.

"VICTORY FOR the Allied forces in the Second World War...

Blue Plaques
Recently we placed our seventh plaque on High Street.  In the New Year our eighth will be placed in the Reception area at TRC.  This will be in memory of Donald Bailey, the Civil Engineer who developed the Bailey Bridge which did so much to support the efforts of the Allied Armies during the Second World ...
A Local List
This Society is creating a Local List of buildings important to the people of the town. Here are some already nominated:


SWINTON

Swinton Bridge School, Rowms Lane.- this is a lovely Victorian construction
with steeple roof .It is deteriorating and not in great conditi...

Listed Buildings of Masbrough

JORDAN LOCK, JORDAN

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Listed Buildings of Kimberworth, Thorpe Common, Scholes and Thorpe Hesley


NO 146 AND BARN ADJOINING ON THE NORTH SIDE, SCHOLES LANE

Listed Buildings of Rotherham

WILLIAMS AND GLYN’S BANK, HIGH STREET

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Listed Buildings of Wickersley, Bramley and Ravenfield

REMAINS OF MEDIEVAL COFFIN ADJACENT TO SOUTH WALL OF CHURCH OF ST ALBAN, CHURCH LANE

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Listed Buildings of Whiston

WHISTON HALL BARN, CHAFF LANE

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Listed Buildings of Wentworth

ASHCROFT HOUSE, CHURCH FIELD LANE

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Listed Buildings of Wath Upon Dearne and Brampton Bierlow


MAUSOLEUM ON EAST SIDE OF NEWHILL PARK, CEMETERY ROAD

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Listed Buildings of Treeton and Catcliffe


25, BOLE HILL

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Listed Buildings of Todwick and Kiveton Park


STEP COTTAGE, 22, CHURCH STREET

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Listed Buildings of Wales

WALES

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Listed Buildings of Thurcroft


BARN APPROXIMATELY 30 METRES TO SOUTH WEST OF MANOR FARMHOUSE, BRAMPTON EN LE...

Listed Buildings of Thrybergh, Hooton Roberts and Dalton

THRYBERGH PARK, DONCASTER ROAD

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Listed Buildings of Swinton

MILEPOST APPROXIMATELY 45 METRES SOUTH WEST OF JUNCTION WITH ABDY LANE, BLACKAMOOR ROAD

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Listed Buildings of Rawmarsh


HALL FARMHOUSE, 20, GREEN RISE

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Listed Buildings of Hooton Levitt

FARMBUIDING IMMEDIATELY TO WEST OF MANOR HOUSE FARMHOUSE, PEAK LANE

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Listed Buildings of Firbeck


3, LIME AVENUE

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Listed Buildings of Stone and Maltby


STONE MILL

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Listed Buildings of Letwell

LANGOLD FARMHOUSE

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Listed Buildings of Laughton

GATEWAY APPROXIMATELY 30 METRES TO NORTH WEST OF OLD HALL FARMHOUSE, HIGH STREET

Listed Buildings of Thorpe Salvin

CHESTERFIELD CANAL DEVIL'S HOLE BRIDGE, CHESTERFIELD CANAL

Listed Buildings of North and South Anston

BARN APPROXIMATELY 25 METRES TO NORTH OF BRANCLIFFE GRANGE FARMHOUSE, BRANCLIFFE LANE, NEAR SHIREOAKS

Listed Buildings of Harthill

HARTHILL SCHOOLHOUSE, UNION STREET

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Listed Buildings of Greasbrough

L-SHAPED FARMBUILDING AT BASSINGTHORPE FARM APPROXIMATELY 20 METRES TO NORTH OF FARMHOUSE, BASSINGTHORPE LANE<...

Listed Buildings of Woodsetts

HOADES FARMHOUSE, DINNINGTON ROAD

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Listed Buildings of Gildingwells

BURRS FARMHOUSE AND ATTACHED OUTBUILDING, BURRS LANE

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Listed Buildings of Dinnington

LIMELANDS, CHURCH LANE

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Listed Buildings of Ulley

23, MAIN STREET

ULLEY HALL, 18, TURNSHAW ROAD

ULLEY GRANGE, PENNY HILL LANE

DOVECOTE AND ATTACHED OUTBUILDING TO SOUTH WEST OF ULLEY HALL, TURNSHAW ROAD

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Listed Buildings of Aston Cum Aughton

 

ASTON CUM AUGHTON

BARN FLANKING WEST SIDE OF FARM YARD AT PARK HILL, PARK HILL

FENCE FARMHOUSE, 193, SHEFFIELD ROAD, FENCE

MILEPOST OPPOSITE JUNCTI...

Listed Buildings
The Listed Buildings in Rotherham are contained in documents.  Click below to access the three lists;
http://www.rotherhamcivicsociety.org//directory//civic%20society%20listed%20buildings%201.pdf
http://www.rotherhamcivicsociety.org//directory//civic%20society%20listed%20buildings%202.pdf
Creating a Local List
Last year we lost an important local building to the demolition Companies; Doncaster Gate Hospital!  This year we want to protect buildings like that by creating a Local List.

At present, Listed Buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas receive protection, in that a strong case has to be...
Elaine Humphries to receive Award
Elaine Humphries of the Friends of Clifton Park is to receive the Sheila Cameron Award.  This is given each year to a local person who has done most towards advancing the aims of this Society.  Elaine has led the campaign to return the Park to something like its former glory.  The large crowds which ...
Chris Hamby to receive Award
Chris Hamby will receive the Stan Crowther Award from the Mayor at our AGM on June 2nd 2015....
Congratulations to the Chantry Brewery
Chantry Brewery have reopened the Cutlers Arms on Westgate.  This Society will present them with The Stan Crowther Environment Award in June 2014....
The Continuing Campaign to Save the Former Doncaster Gate Hospital
In 2008 Rotherham MBC Councillors agreed to extend the Town Centre Conservation Area to include the site of the former Doncaster Gate Hospital.  This was never done.Last year the Council opened its new offices at Riverside House and the former Hospital was vacated.  Rotherham District Civic Society has al...
Cutlers Arms an Asset of Community Value
This Society has successfully nominated the Cutlers Arms on Westgate as an Asset of Community Value.  If the ownners, Satnam, intend to sell it, we will be notified 12 weeks in advance....
Tim Brannen
Tim was awarded the Sheila Cameron Award for his contribution, over many years, to the aims of the Civic Society.  As a teacher at Wickersley, an Education Officer at the Museum and Photographic Archivist at the library, he has helped many people to appreciate the local area and its history.  Latterly he ...
Ebenezer Elliott
Our third blue plaque will be unveiled on March 21st 2013 at 11am.  Unveiling the plaque will be the town's new MP, Sarah Champion.  The plaque will be placed at the Walk in Centre on Rawmarsh Road, close to the birth place of the Corn Law Rhymer, Ebenezer Elliott.  The plaque has been paid for by Ke...
Stan Crowther

The death of our Honorary President, Stan Crowther, was announced on March 11th.  Below is an appreciation:

Stan Crowther – An Appreciation...

A New Book About Rotherham
ROTHERHAM WELLGATE
The First Blue Plaques

The Rotherham District Civic Society launched its blue plaque scheme at Firbeck Village Hall on September 15th 2012.  Two plaques were unveiled, celebrating the lives of Major General Anthony St...

Bassingthorpe Springs to be Developed for Housing
The Local Authority has published its Core Strategy for consultation.  In it there is the clear statement that Bassingthorpe Springs will be, with Waverley, one of the main growth spots for housing over the next twelve years.  Nearly 4,000 houses will be built at Bassingthorpe Springs, obliterating a work...
Conservation Claims by RMBC are Inaccurate

Recently, this Society wrote to Martin Kimber, to enquire why there had been no progress made in extending the Town Centre Conservation Area, which had been proposed three years ago.

Sixty Years of Change in Rotherham

In 1952 Rotherham was a thriving town, recovering from the depredations of the Second World War, b...

Her Majesty's Visits to Rotherham

October 27th 1954:

The Royal Party visited Rotherham as part of a post-Co...

Blue Plaques
The Rotherham District Civic Society is now in a position to place its first four blue plaques.  With the support of Chris Hamby, they will be located on High Street.  They will celebrate John Mason (jeweller), Thomas Badger (Solicitor), Rose Heseltine (wife of Anthony Trollope) and The Three Cranes Inn.&...
Civic Society To Back Objections To Fencing Off Part Of Herringthorpe Playing Fields

I am writing to you to highlight some of my very real concerns which are sha...

Rotherham Grammar School Old Boys

The Civic Society is pleased to announce that copies of Michael Hoggards booklet on the Old Boys of the Grammar School is now available, priced £4 from Rotherham Visitors Centre or Phillip Howard Books (Wickersley).  Michael compiled information about Grammar School Old Boys who had achieved national promin...

A Revitalised High Street
The plans put forward by Chris Hamby to buy and refurbish three old shops on High Street have the full support of Rotherham District Civic Society. The Society also congratulates the Metropolitan Borough Council for helping this to happen.

At the centre of the plans is the ti...
Good News On The Three Cranes

One of Rotherham’s oldest buildings is to be given a new lease of life thanks to exciting plans announced by a local businessman.

Chris Hamby says he intends to buy and redevelop six buildings on a...

The Social Calendar has been announced by Rita Eddington

Sunday 25th September 2011

Historic Rotherham Walk. Led by Peter Hawkridge. Meet at Talbot Lane

Methodist Church at 2pm finishing with a cup of tea in the church hall Talbot

Lane.

Thursday 13th October 20...

The Effect of Tesco Moving!
The Rotherham District Civic Society would like the people of Rotherham to say what they think about the 'soon to be announced' plans to move Tesco from the Forge Island site to the area , which will be cleared, where Norfolk House, the Central Library and Civic Offices now stand.  An enlarged Tesco will impac...
St Leonards Monuments
Images of the Monuments are available on the website at documents/newsletters....
Goodbye to all that; Council Offices face the wrecking ball

The skyline of Rotherham town centre will change dramatically over the next few months, with the demolition of the Central Library, Crinoline House, the Civic Offices and Norfolk House.  Photographs of these buildings and their replacement, Riverside House, can be viewed in newsletters.

The Rotherha...

Growing up in Kimberworth in the 1940s
Another publication from the Clfton Local History Group, written by Jean Green, has been added to our website and can be viewed Parts 1 to 5 in documents/newsletters....
New Booklet on Herringthorpe available on the website
The Clifton Local History Group has kindly given us permission to publish their booklets on this website.  The first of these, 'Growing up in Herringthorpe 1943 to 1958', written by Pauline Quail is now available in Documents/newsletters....
Eyesores of Rotherham 1

Rotherham has some interesting and, historically significant buildings, but there are some 'eyesores'.  We would like you to nominate the Eyesores of Rotherham.  We started with the building on Corporation Street, in the Town Centre, which has been lying empty for years, after a fire.  What is bei...

Threatened Buildings of Rotherham 2

The Society will shortly be writing to RMBC to enquire about the future of Blenheim House.  Two years ago the owner applied for planning permission to convert the house into apartments.  A fire then destroyed the roof and the building has been put up for sale.

This is an important building; it ...

Threatened Buildings of Rotherham Number 1

Rotherham District Civic Society, working with Rotherham Heritage Association, is gathering information on the 'Threatened Buildings of Rotherham'.

We are writing to RMBC to enquire what it intends to do to protect the long term future of Keppels Column in Scholes.

Recently Fitzwilliam Estates ha...

The Council has responded to the Society's concerns over Boston Castle
In the August Newsletter, Stan Crowther, our Honorary President outlined our concerns that, after a ten year campaign, the future of Boston Castle was still unclear.  Karl Battersby has responded on behalf of the Council.  Read his letter in 'Newsletters'....
Council responds to Society letter on the Central Library
Karl Battersby has replied to our letter criticising the decision to move the Central Library to the new Riverside House on Main Street.  Read the letter in 'Newsletters'....
Council wrong to move the Central Library to Riverside House
The Society has written to Karl Battersby to object to the plan to move the Central Library to Riverside House.  We believe that the existing Library should be refurbished, or failing that, the vacant Marks and Spencer building in the Town Centre should be utilised.  Read more in 'Newsletters'....
Application to build a new football stadium in Don Street
The Society has commented on the plans for a new stadium for Rotherham United.  Read the response by going to 'Newsletters'....
Friends of Firbeck Hall

The Rotherham District Civic Society strongly supports the efforts of the Friends of Firbeck Hall in their campaign to give this fine building (and the West Lodge and Stable Block) an assured future.  In their latest newsletter there are pages from 'Vogue' magazine in the 1930s when the Hall was hotel ...

Society questions rationale of Sheffield City Region

The Secretary has written to Rotherham MBC Chief Executive to question the relevance or need for a new 'Quango'. 

In view of the above the Civic Society would be...

New Booklet "Rotherham's Early Methodists" Published
The first booklet published by Rotherham District Civic Society is available to buy.  Written by Stan Crowther, using the notes he made to give the talk to local organisations, the 18 pages are illustrated with photographs from his collection.  Copies can be obtained c/o 43 Scholes Lane, Scholes, Rot...
Sheila Cameron

Heritage campaigner Sheila Cameron, a former Rotherham district councillor, died after a short illness in Rotherham General Hospital, at the age of 80.

Sheila was born in Rotherham and baptised at All Saints' Church, now Rotherham Minster, and remained tru...

The Society welcomes Chief Executive response to concerns
Rotherham District Civic Society welcomed the response given by the new Chief Executive to concerns about Wentworth Woodhouse.  In a detailed reply the outline of good ongoing management reassured members of the Society that an important part of South Yorkshire heritage was being safeguarded.  The Society...
Society welcomes Article 4 Directions in Clifton Bank
Rotherham District Civic Society has written in support of Article 4 (2) Directions bringing tighter enforcement in the Clifton Bank and Wellgate Terrace sections of the Town Centre Conservation Area.  The Society would like to see the same being applied in Moorgate.  The letter can be read by going ...
Society calls for the Council to be more proactive at Wentworth Woodhouse
The Secretary has written to the new Chief Executive of RMBC, Martin Kimber, asking for a more proactive approach to Rotherham's 'Jewel in the Crown', Wentworth Woodhouse, the stables and associated buildings.  If Rotherham was serious about a 'Tourist Strategy' then it would include a view as to how Wentworth...
A Link Between Thrybergh and Charles Darwin

Frederick Watkins was born in 1809.  He attended Shrewsbury School and Cambridge University with Charles Darwin.  After graduating Watkins took holy orders and spent so...

Important Monuments Under Threat in Thrybergh

St Leonards Church in Thrybergh has important monuments which are under threat.  St Leonards is in the older, agricultural part of the village; St Peter's was built after the opening of Silverwood Colliery and that is where most of the activities take place today.  St Leonards is, therefore becoming re...

All Saints Minster Yard - Response to consultation

Rotherham District Civic Society Executive Committee, 7th July 2009 All Saints' Minster Yard

At the Executive Committee meeting on the 2nd December 2008 the...

Society calls for a Millmoor rethink
The Society has written to Councillor Gerald Smith asking him to redouble efforts to buy Millmoor as a Community Stadium.&nbsp; The home of Rotherham United since 1907, the Stadium should be modernised and extended rather than a new Stadium being built at a yet to be decided venue.&nbsp; If the Local Author...
Rotherham University

Councillor Roger Stone,
Leader of the Council.

Dear Councillor Stone,

The University of Rotherham?

Rotherham Borough Council has been phenomenally successful in recent years in regenerating the older industrial areas atTempleborough, Manvers, Waverley, and Dinnington.

Whilst t...

The Red Lion Yard

Dear Mr Battersby, Rotherham Town Centre Draft Public Realm Strategy

I thank you for your letter, dated the 9th January 2009, regarding the above.
The Society very much welcomes your positive response with regard to the Market Street / Domine Lane setts, and the proposal for a canopy along Effingham S...

Reclaiming Civic Voices - What happens After The Civic Trust?

The closure of the Civic Trust after half a century of campaigning for quality places shocked groups across the land but now the civic amenity movement is fighting back, says Huw Morris

Fiona Reynolds was attending an all-day meeting at DEFRA in April when she heard the news. After 52 years of campaignin...

Blue Plaques

The Rotherham District Civic Society believes that it is important to celebrate the lives and achievements of Rotherham people.  One way to do this is by placing blue plaques on buildings most associated with them.  The Society is investigating how this can be done, with the help of the Local Authority...

Rotherham Minster Gardens and Church View

The Rotherham District Civic Society welcomes the fact that one of the next stages of the Rotherham Renaissance project will focus upon the improvement of the surroundings of the Rotherham Minster.

Although the Society has a number of minor concerns, which have been raised with the Borough Council, it po...

Response from Denis MacShane MP over the driving test centre

From the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

The Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP
House of Commons
LONDON
SW1AOAA

Department for
Transport

Great Minster House 76 Marsham Street London SW1P4DR
Tel: 020 7944 2566
Fax: 020 7944 4309
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Rotherham Town Centre Strategic Development Framework

The Rotherham District Civic Society's respondes to the proposal for the redevelopment of Rotherham Town Centre.

Click here to download the response from The Rother...

The Cutlers Arms on Westgate

Karl Battersby,
Executive Director of Environment and Development

Dear Karl,

Satnam Developments, Westgate.

I wrote some weeks ago regarding the stained glass windows at the Cutlers Arms, Westgate.

You will be aware that over a number of years the Rotherham Civic Society, and t...

Public Realms Strategy Response to the Development of Rotherham Town Centre

The Rotherham District Civic Society responded to the consultants' proposal for the redevelopment of Rotherham Town Centre.

Click here to download the response from The Rotherham Dist...

Doncaster Gate Hospital

One of Rotherham's most prominent and best loved old buildings is facing an uncertain future. The Doncaster Gate Hospital has become surplus to the needs of the health service following the opening of the new community health centre at Greasbrough Road.

Many thousands of Rotherham folk have been associa...

Rotherham Civic Theatre

The future ofRotherham's Civic Theatre has been under discussion by our executive committee a good deal in recent months. The council's plans for the redevelopment Of the town centre include closing - and, presumably, demolishing¬the present theatre and replacing it with a new, larger, theatre combined with a ne...

Saving The Three Cranes

Could it be that one of Rotherham' s most intractable heritage problems is at last going to be solved? After trying for more than 16 years to persuade the borough council to use its powers to save and restore the former Three Cranes Inn, we have secured an assurance that it is going to happen.

The Three...

Freedom Of The Borough

From the Rotherham Advertiser

 

Freedom Of The Borough

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All Saints Building
Letters of correspondence with English Heritage over the redevelopment of the All Saints Building in Rotherham Town Centre.


Guest and Chrimes Site

The documents below detail the future plans for the Guest and Chrimes Site.

Our society lodged a formal complaint about the short time allowed - a mere 21 days - for members of the public to express a view about the plans for a proposed new civic centre to be built on the former Guest and Chrimes site. W...

Threat to Greenbelt Land

Rotherham District Civic Society alerts the public of Greasbrough and Wickersley to the threat to greenbelt land.

Letters of correspondence

27th July, 2009.

Mr. Karl Battersby,
Strategic Director,  Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Bailey House,
R...