Orkney & Shetland 2019 - Day 3
A day around Rotherham
Rotherham was home to several generations of Froggatt familes back in the 19th century. They started in farming but moved into coal mining, the steel industry and other labouring occupations. Having looked into the family genealogy I thought it interesting to visit the area and the various churches that recorded family events. The large Rotherham Minster was the first stop, then Swinton St Margaret and finally Wath upon Dearne.
Rotherham and the Minster
In the centre of Rotherham lies the large and ornate All Saints Rotherham Minster. It sits on a low hill looking out over the town and river. This is the third church on this site, the first dating from before 937AD. The present version was started in 1409.
Swinton St Margaret
Not far from Rotherham lies the iron-works town os Swinton. Te coal mines and iron works are long gone but the church and its large graveyard remain. Unlike the Rotherham Minster, All Saints was firmly locked up.
Wath upon Dearne
A few miles west of Swinton lies Wath upon Dearne. The church here was also firmly locked up but was surrounded by flowering cherry trees with blossom covering the ground.
Last updated: 20/05/2019