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The Philip Smedley Project Archaeological Survey At Ulley

During October 2013 the Society conducted a geophysical survey and field walking exercise at Ulley Hall Farm under the supervision of Alex Sotheran - Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd. See update 2014.


Rotherham Local Plan

Publication of the Sites and Policies document

This document earmarks specific sites for new homes, employment, shopping and other uses. YOUR comments must be made by 5pm Monday 9th Nov.


Visit to Brigg & Thornton Abbey

Thornton Abbey GatehouseOn 19th July 2014, Members and Friends enjoyed a morning in the interesting town of Brigg, followed by lunch before arriving at the impressive gatehouse at Thornton Abbey in the afternoon.


On the way home we visited Mount Pleasant Working Windmill at Kirton-in-Lindsey where we were able to enjoy tea and cakes made with organic stoneground flour produced on the premises.


Photo: Thornton Abbey Gatehouse (Margaret Gray)



Guided tour of Sandal Castle

Sandal CastleOn a fine, warm sunny day in July 2013 members and friends visited Sandal Castle.



Sandal Castle

After a tasty lunch at The Kingfisher Restaurant, Wakefield we enjoyed a guided tour of the site that gave us all an interesting introduction to the ruins and the rich history of the castle.


A wonderful day enjoyed by all.


Photos left were taken by RAS Member David Sotheran.







Guided tour of Three Lincolnshire Churches

Interior of St Margaret's Church, MartonOn a fine sunny day in September members and friends visited Marton Church, St Edith's Church, and Stow Minster.


A fine welcome awaited us at St Margaret's Church, Marton. Over 900 years old, the oldest part of the church is the tapered tower which was constructed in a fine herring-bone pattern. The belfry at the top contains three bells. After touring the interior of the church we took advantage of the sunny weather and walked down to see the Grade II Listed Windmill situated by the side of the River Trent.


Detail of the magnificent rood screen-St Edith's Church.Our next visit was to the tiny church of St Edith's, Coates-by-Stow where we treated to tea/coffee and shortbread by Pauline Organ (Church Warden). Pauline gave us an entertaining and interesting talk on the Church's history.


Of particular note is the wonderful 15th Century rood screen and loft. The preservation of the Rood Screen is down to the Butler family who acquired the church and surrounding land during the Reformation. This is an architectural gem and well worthy of a visit.


Interior of Stow Minster Lunch was enjoyed at the Cross Keys Inn, Stow followed by our final visit to The Minster Church of St. Mary, Stow. In contrast to the tiny Church of St Edith's this building is very large particularly in view of the size of the village of Stow. This important Anglo-Saxon Minster is a Grade I listed building and parts of it date from 950AD. We were given an indepth tour of this magnificent building before returning back to Rotherham. A wonderful day enjoyed by all.


Photos above were taken by RAS Member David Sotheran.



Visit to historic Wentworth Woodhouse:

Society Members join Mr Tom McWilliams and Andy outside the entrance to Wentworth WoodhouseAt the beginning of August Society members visited Wentworth Woodhouse by kind permission of Mr Newbold (the present owner). Mr Tom McWilliams (Estate Manager) and Andy (Staff Member) gave us an interesting and informative tour of the house including the Whistlejacket Room, The Marble Salon, The Van Dyck Room and the Pillared Hall.


Members were very impressed with the restoration work and the research into the history of the house that has been done so far by Mr. Newbold and his staff.


This is obviously a long term project and there is much more to be done to secure its future. We wish them every success in their endeavours. It is a truly wonderful building and it is so good to see it coming back to life as both a family home and a valuable asset to Rotherham's heritage.


Wentworth Woodhouse is hosting a vintage vehicle rally and gala in the grounds on September 2nd - the first public event to be held there for many years.


Local Development Framework Update:

The LDF Consultation Feedback Report is now available on the RMBC website.


Rotherham MBC will be carrying out further public consultation on the LDF in 2012 so watch out for any announcements in local papers, tv and radio.


Great Day Out in York...

Visit to York - Hungate Excavation 2011


Barley Hall York

Above: Some of the members of the Rotherham Archaeological Society enjoying their visit to the Hungate Excavation and Barley Hall, York.




Local Development Framework:

Bassingthorpe Farm Urban Extension...

The borough-wide consultation on Rotherham's Local Development Framework (LDF) ended on Friday 16th September 2011.

The LDF outlines Rotherham's strategy in terms of the broad amount and distribution of growth and the detail in terms of potential development sites around all the Borough's communities.

Along with many others, the Rotherham Archaeological Society registered it's objections to the removal of several sites from the Green Belt in the Bassingthorpe Farm area. Not least, the Society was concerned that the creation of a new urban sprawl in such a prominent landscape would mean a loss of 'local distinctiveness' and have an adverse impact on the all important view from the Town Centre. For more information read the full document online (pdf format).

Diary Dates 2016



May 19th 2016
Rotherham Archaeological Society AGM.


On the Agenda will be a discussion as to the future direction of the Society. Members and friends are invited to attend this important meeting to exchange ideas and make their views known. For more information email admin@rasociety.co.uk



Events Programme 2016 will include information about the Society's events from May to November 2016.


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