Rotherham Town Centre Heritage Trail

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Why not have a walk around Rotherham town centre? Rotherham isn’t necessarily a town you might consider in the same sentence as words like heritage, unless you’re thinking of 80s heritage with such famous exports as the Chuckle Brothers and Jive Bunny!

However, you may be astonished to discover that Rotherham town centre is home to a number of landmarks dating back as far as medieval times. Rotherham’s council has put together a number of heritage trails which guide you on a walk around Rotherham town centre and its important historical buildings. You can see them here (Town Centre Heritage Trail) here (Victorian) and here (Medieval).

Councils and other organisations are putting an increasingly large amount of time into encouraging people to get out and about on ‘health walks’ or ‘walks for life’. What better way to get out and about than to explore your local town. I can guarantee that these walks will point out at least one thing you’ve never seen before, and leave you with a new found admiration for the town you live in!

To give you a little look at what you could be enjoying, check out our photos from our recent trip to the town centre:

  • The Hastings Clock - given to the town in 1912 by James Hastings. The Hastings Clock - given to the town in 1912 by James Hastings.
  • The Old Town Hall - The Old Town Hall was created in the 1980's from the former Town Hall, Assembly Rooms and Police Station. The Old Town Hall - The Old Town Hall was created in the 1980's from the former Town Hall, Assembly Rooms and Police Station.
  • This preserved stained glass is on the Effingham Street corner of the Old Town Hall. This preserved stained glass is on the Effingham Street corner of the Old Town Hall.
  • The Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge, is one of only three remaining in the country, endowed by the will of John Bokyng in 1483. The Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge, is one of only three remaining in the country, endowed by the will of John Bokyng in 1483.
  • A Victorian building in All Saints Square. The small shop on the corner dates from the 1860's. A Victorian building in All Saints Square. The small shop on the corner dates from the 1860's.
  • The Parish Minster of All Saints was described by Pevsner as "one of the largest and stateliest of parish churches in Yorkshire" The Parish Minster of All Saints was described by Pevsner as "one of the largest and stateliest of parish churches in Yorkshire"
  • The Minster was built during the 15th Century on the site of an earlier Saxon Church. The Minster was built during the 15th Century on the site of an earlier Saxon Church.
  • It is possible to approach the Minster from all angles, each as impressive as the last! It is possible to approach the Minster from all angles, each as impressive as the last!
  • National Westminster Bank building, built from local red sandstone in 1893. National Westminster Bank building, built from local red sandstone in 1893.
  • The recently restored Imperial Buildings, originally built in 1907, won a Civic Trust award for refurbishment in 1994. The recently restored Imperial Buildings, originally built in 1907, won a Civic Trust award for refurbishment in 1994.