Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Rotherham

Rotherham, mun. bor. and market town, par., and township, S. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on river Rother at its influx to the Don, 6 miles NE. of Sheffield by rail - par., 13,585 ac., pop. 38,997; township, 1271 ac., pop. 16,257; bor., 5995 ac., pop. 34,782; 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Monday and Friday. Rotherham, which is practically by its nearness to Sheffield a suburb of that great town, has extensive iron and chemical works, mfrs. of glass, soap, starch, and ropes, and exports of coal and lime. The fine parish church is of the time of Edward IV., or earlier. A 5-arched bridge over the Don, with an ancient chapel built on the central pier, connects Rotherham proper with Masborough, the seat of the celebrated ironworks where the Southwark, Sunderland, and other bridges were cast. The Independent College is at Masborough, which was the birthplace of Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), the Corn Law rhymer. Rotherham was made a municipal borough in 1871.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "municipal borough and market town"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Rotherham CP/AP       Yorkshire AncC
Place: Rotherham

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