Netherton means lower farm in Old English, but the area was named after the Netherton Building Company which built the original houses in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Thorpe County Infant and Junior schools are located in the area; secondary pupils attend Jack Hunt School. Jack Hunt swimming pool is located here. It is an 82 feet (25 m) dual-use facility, built on school land but owned by the Environment and Community Services department. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Jude, was built in 1968 on land gifted by Thomas Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 10th Earl Fitzwilliam (via the Fitzwilliam Trust).