Rotherham in South Yorkshire has its roots in coal mining, as well as contributing to the local area’s steel industry. Although many signposts to the town’s interesting history remain, it has grown into an economic centre for many of Sheffield’s suburbs, with a long list of cultural attractions to entice the humble visitor.
The Magna Science Adventure Centre is an interactive science hub built in former steel works, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The Civic Theatre and Arts Centre provides a year-round performance programme, while the town’s 10-screen cinema has undergone a dramatic revamp since it moved to its new site. The Westgate district of the town centre is home to many pubs, bars and clubs – the focal point of Rotherham’s nightlife – and there’s a wide range of seasonal events that have put the town on the map, from the Rotherham Rocks fashion show, to the annual Rotherham by the Sea event. Minister Gardens, next to Rotherham Minister and All Saints Square, has an open-air theatre with stepped seating for outdoor concerts. Escape the busy shopping streets and head here to unwind with accompanying music from one of Rotherham’s brass band clubs!
Beyond the town centre, the Rotherham district is largely rural, containing a mixture of retired people, larger properties and farms. Aside from two roads and two bypasses, Sheffield is connected to Rotherham directly be the Trans-Pennine Trail, which passes the Meadowhall Shopping Centre on both sides. Rotherham Central Railway Station has frequent trains to Sheffield (in a time of 14 minutes), and there are good links to Manchester, Leeds, York and their suburbs, either directly or via Sheffield. The nearest major motorway is the M1, which passes to the west of the town, linking Rotherham to Leeds in the north and London in the south.
Rotherham has three further education institutions and colleges – Thomas Rotherham College, Dearne Valley College and the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. The latter has a campus in the town centre, as well as a second site in nearby Dinnington. Schools are under the supervision of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, ranging from nursery and primary, to secondary and special needs educational establishments.
Jobs-wise, AES Engineer has topped the Rotherham table for the third time in the last four years. The company, which trades as AESSEAL, has won more Queen’s Awards than any other in Yorkshire. CF Booth is a family-owned scrap metal and recycling business based in Rotherham, which has also enjoyed a recent boost in earnings and investment in staff. Other prominent Rotherham companies include Mangham Road (waste management and recycling), Energy Alloys UK, Maplins, London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co. and LUK (UK).
As for house prices, the overall average price last year was £151,333, which is a fall of 2.06 per cent in the last year. Notable Rotherham residents have included the Chuckle Brothers, England goalkeeper David Seaman, actor Sean Bean, as well as former Top Gear presenters, James May and Jeremy Clarkson, who trained to be a journalism at the Rotherham Advertiser.