Welcome to Rotherham The Unofficial Website. The site it is about the town and borough of Rotherham, it has no connection or allegiance to other organisations and it is a website. The opinions expressed on these pages are personal. I have tried to cover a variety of subjects about Rotherham of interest to citizens of the town, expatriate Rotherhamites, regular visitors, casual visitors and the just plain surfing. I hope you find something you like.
Rotherham is a metropolitan borough of about 250,000 people in the county of South Yorkshire, England. It is also the town of about 100,000 people which is not unnaturally the centre of the borough. X marks the spot on the map. The borough includes suburban areas, rural villages, open countryside and the towns of Dinnington, Maltby and Wath-upon-Dearne.
The area now covered by the borough was largely agricultural until the 16th Century. Rotherham was a prosperous town with a renowned livestock market and a magnificent church. A grammar school was founded in the town towards the end of the 15th Century and this survived until the 1960s.
From the middle of the 17th Century Rotherham became increasingly industrialised as the iron ore deposits and coal seams found throughout the borough were exploited. In the 21st Century only one of the pits survives. Iron and steel are still produced though not in the massive quantities of earlier times. Rotherham is still an industrial area with everything from small units to large companies manufacturing a wide variety of goods.
Page amended June 2014