Tuesday 7 July 2015
The town of Rotherham in the West Riding of Yorkshire is situated on the banks of the River Don at its confluence with the River Rother. There has been a settlement here since the iron age and records indicate that there as a small Roman Fort here. Rotherham takes its name from the Old English name of Ham or Homestead meaning Homestead on the River or in this case Rother Ham - Homestead on the Rother.
Rotherham is just 5 miles from Sheffield. It is known for its iron and steel and it used to have many smelting plants and foundries. These industries grew rapidly up until the early 19th century but declined during the 1970's and 1980's. The town centre is concentrated around the impressive Rotherham Minster and includes a wide range of branded and independent shops as well as a good selection of cafes and restaurants and an outdoor market.
Clifton Park is also worth a visit and is only a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. With its multi million pound water park, rock garden and play area there is something for all the family.
For photos of Rotherham click here