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The Crofts

The Crofts is the name of the street that runs around the back of the Town Hall. It is joined by a footpath called Snail Hill which climbs up steeply from High Street. At another corner it is joined by the equally steep footpath up Quarry Hill from Wellgate.

The famous Rotherham Beast Market was held here on a site pretty much where the Town Hall now stands. West Riding Courthouse was built here in the 1930s. The courthouse and police station moved to a new site at the Statues in the early 1980s and the building was purchased by Rotherham Council. The facade was kept but the interior was much altered to form the new Rotherham Town Hall which opened in May 1985.

Rotherham Town Hall
Rotherham Town Hall

It has been massively and expensively refurbished and in 2011 I took a look around during the Town Hall Open Day. I have to admit that it has been nicely done.

These buildings on the Crofts were erected before 1900 and are very nice indeed. Over the years they have been frequently unused and boarded up as the situation is somewhat out of the way. The building "To Let" is now being refurbished and will house the Swedish Handelsbanke.

The Crofts 2011
Old Buildings in The Crofts
Old Buildings in The Crofts
Old Buildings in The Crofts

In part this may be one of the oldest remaining buildings in Rotherham. If you look around the back you can see that the chimneys have been built on after the house which might indicate that the original building is from the 15th or 16th Century.

The Masters' House
The Masters House

This used to be the Master's House when Rotherham first had a workhouse and it is said that this dated from 1659 when the property was leased and refurbished. It is now a dental surgery.

Also on the Crofts where it adjoins Stanley Street is the old building which was once the Bluecoat School run by the Feoffees of Rotherham.

The Bluecoat
The Bluecoat

This has been through several incarnations over the years and is now a Wetherspoon's pub called the Bluecoat.

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