Old Rotherham was to be found in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974 when it became part of the new county of South Yorkshire along with other towns and cities including Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster. Rotherham featured in sheet 289 of the Ordnance Survey 6″ inch series of the West Riding of Yorkshire. This map is a little different from our others, it covers the entire Rotherham area in just one map but is still at the 1:10,560 scale. It is effectively four maps in one! Brief excerpts are also shown from the Kelly’s Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire 1881 to give a flavour and character of the area.
This map covers Rotherham, Greasbrough, Rawmarsh, Thrybergh, Dalton and Tinsley
ROTHERHAM is a market and union town and a municipal borough, polling place for the Southern division of the Riding, head of a county court,and railway station, consisting of the township of ROTHERHAM and of the hamlet and ecclesiastical district of MASBROUGH, in the township of Kimberworth: both are in the parish and union of Rotherham, in the south division of Strafforthand Tickhill wapentake, rural deanery of Rotherham and archdeaconry and dioceseof York. The parish includes the townships of ROTHERHAM, ORGREAVE, CATCLIFFE, BRINSWORTH, TINSLEY, KIMBERWORTH, GREASBROUGH and part of DALTON. Rotherham is at the junction of the Midland and Sheffield and Rotherham railways, and of the river Rother with the Don Navigation and Tinsley canal. The line of the South Yorkshire Railway Company from Sheffield to Doncaster (leased to the Manchester,Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company) has a station here. Masbrough station on the Midland railway is 172 miles from London, 5 north-east from Sheffield,13 1/4 from Barnsley, 81 1/4 from Birmingham, 32 3/4 from Belper, 42 from Bradford, 40 from Derby, 14 from Doncaster, 34 from Leeds, 61 3/4 from Skipton, 22 from Wakefield, 47 ¾ from York and 27 from Huddersfield.
There are large works for iron and steel, railway carriages,railway wheel works and general forgings; glass works, stone china, earthenware, pottery, pot mould and pipe-clay works, breweries, saw mills, works for pyroligneous acid and British gum ; rope yards likewise give extensive employment. There are wharves on the river and warehouses at the railway stations.
Plans for a new Market Hall at a cost, including purchase of property for site, of £17,000 to £18,000, have been decided on and are now in process of being carried out.