Rotherham Minster (Church of All Saints)

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Opening Times:

All year round

Prices:

Free

Venue contact details:

T: 01709 364737
W: www.rotherhamminster.org

Rotherham Minster (Church of All Saints)

Rotherham was one of the initial places visited by Turner during his first tour of Yorkshire in 1797.  His sketch there of the Chantry Chapel and All Saints Church was his first large one of this tour and Turner must have considered it an important subject, and he hardly surpassed it for care, attention and perfection of arrangement in any of the subjects that followed.  It seems clear that he was seriously considering this for a finished composition.

Both the Chapel of Our Lady of Rotherham Bridge and All Saints date from the 15th century, with some parts of the church remaining from the Saxon and Norman structures.  The quality of the buildings testifies to Rotherham's wealth and spirit in the agricultural medieval period and it is remarkable that this particularly fine ensemble of buildings survives completely intact despite the less aesthetically intended developments of succeeding ages. 

The Chantry Chapel is one of only four surviving bridge chapels in the country (which also includes the Chantry Chapel in Wakefield, another of Turner's finest watercolours). 

Tea roomPublic toiletsWheelchair access

Turner's Viewpoint

Turner found a view on the left bank of the River Don from where he could take in the medieval bridge and Chantry Chapel, with the town and spire of All Saints Church beyond.  If one examines the sketch carefully, the one large window of the original chapel has been bricked up leaving only tiny apertures.  It would presumably not have been lost on Turner that the chapel was then in use as the town jail.  The Chapel was fully restored in 1923 and rededicated as a place of worship by the Bishop of Sheffield in 1924.

Turner's viewpoint for his sketch, 'Rotherham Bridge and Chapel, with All Saints Church Beyond' ('Tweed and Lakes' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: XXXV 1), is perfectly preserved today off Greasbrough Road. 

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trail panel and bench are both located within the Minster grounds. An existing town centre trail also links the various sites.

Turner's Religious Houses

Listen to Episode 4 of our Turner podcast series when Turner expert, Professor David Hill, is joined by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, as they look at Turner's sketches and paintings of Yorkshire's historic religious houses.

The Venue

Address:

All Saints Square, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1PW

Map reference: SK427931

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Directions to Rotherham Minster (Church of All Saints):

From M1 North, exit J34 onto A6178 past Magna. At second roundabout, left onto A630 Centenary Way, right at next roundabout onto Main Street, 2nd left onto Market Street & car parks.

From M1 South, exit J35 onto A629. At third roundabout, right onto A630 Centenary Way, left at next roundabout onto Main Street, 2nd left onto Market Street & car parks.

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