50 Gems of South Yorkshire
The History & Heritage of the Most Iconic Places
Series: 50 Gems
15th November 2022
The county of South Yorkshire covers Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield districts. Although each are major urban centres with their own range of civic buildings, museums and galleries, the county also ranges from low-lying farmlands in the east to high moorlands on the edge of the Peak District National Park. It has a rich and diverse landscape including ancient woodlands, rivers and wetlands alongside the legacy of its history as an industrial powerhouse built on coal, steel and heavy engineering, including Kelham Island in Sheffield, Wortley Top Forge and Silkstone Tramway in Barnsley, and Clifton Museum in Rotherham. Away from the urban centres there are picturesque market towns and villages, such as Penistone, Tickhill, Bawtry, Bradfield, Thorpe Salvin and Tankersley which still serve rural farming communities, and stunning stately homes and parkland, for example at Wentworth Woodhouse, Canon Hall and Brodsworth Hall. Earlier medieval remains survive at Roche Abbey and Monk Bretton Priory, the castle keep at Conisbrough, the Lady Chapel on the bridge in central Rotherham and Ecclesfield Church, ‘the Minster of the Moors’. There are also examples of the earliest human settlement and activity at Wharncliffe Crags and Wincobank Hill in Sheffield. Other places have associations with historical figures such as the sculptor Francis Chantrey and William Bradford, one of the Pilgrim Fathers.
In 50 Gems of South Yorkshire authors Christine Handley and Ian Rotherham explore the many places and their history that make this part of northern England so special, including many lesser known gems.