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The town gets its name from the Archbishop of York, Thomas Rotherham, who founded the Chapel of Jesus in the parish church in 1480. In 1482 he created the red brick college of Jesus. A few remains of walls from this building can be found in the town’s College Street. Rotherham’s High Street has been at the heart of the town for centuries. One of the oldest buildings is a t...Read more
Rotherham is a market town situated in the centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, in South Yorkshire. The borough also includes rural villages, countryside and the towns of Dinnington, Maltby and Wath-upon-Dearne. The town is being regenerated in a £2 billion programme to provide new public spaces and retail, leisure, office and residential facilities. Canals in Ro...Read more
The Rotherham Sports Awards is an annual event to celebrate sporting success and achievements across the borough. A glittering award ceremony is held in November. Rotherham-by-the-Sea takes place for a week every August. The event involves the town centre being transformed into a seaside resort, including sand, deck chairs and more. The Rotherham Open Art Exhibition is an ann...Read more
Rotherham Minster was built in the 15th century although parts of the building are from Norman and Saxon structures that existed on the site. The minster has a visitor centre, in All Saints’ Square. Clifton Park Museum is a modern museum that takes visitors through a history of the borough using high tech displays and interactive exhibits. Its highlights include Nelson the L...Read more
5. Things To Do
Rotherham Leisure Complex includes a six-lane pool, a teaching pool, water flumes, an indoor climbing tower, sports hall, squash courts and more. Clifton Park is a two-minute walk from the town centre and includes a water play area, play areas rock garden and more.
The town centre has pedestrianised shopping areas and a great selection of high street stores and independent retailers. Rotherham has a large selection of markets to choose from. The Centenary Indoor Market is open six days a week and has stalls selling everything from designer clothes to electrical goods. The Centenary Outdoor Market has fresh food and products on Mondays, F...Read more
By road, Rotherham can be reached from junctions 33, 34, and 35 of the M1 and junction 1 of the M18. The town’s bus station is Rotherham Interchange, at the heart of the town centre. Bus services are good across the region. The nearest airports are Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which is about 20 minutes’ drive, East Midlands Airport, which takes about 45 minutes...Read more
Rotherham Civic Theatre has a programme of events including professional and amateur dance, drama, musicals, children’s theatre, comedy, music, pantomime and variety.
9. Famous Landmarks
The Chapel on the Bridge was built in 1483 and is one of only four surviving examples of a medieval Bridge Chantry. The building was used as jail between 1777 and 1826 and still has the original cell doors with graffiti carved by the prisoners. The chapel was restored in the 1920's and a new stained glass window installed in 1975, charting the history of the building. Rotherh...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
Entertainers The Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul, were born and grew up in Rotherham. They came from a family of entertainers and began putting on their own small shows in their back garden from an early age.
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Christmas arrived early in Rotherham to make sure everyone had a chance to celebrate the festive season in style. Residents who will be spending Christmas alone were invited to an event at the beginning of December to enjoy the company of...
College students were given a taste of life on a real film set when they were asked to take part in the making of a zombie movie. Media make-up students from Rotherham College of Arts and Technology were asked to help out with the...
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