All Saints Church, Rotherham

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Rotherham Minster
Rotherham Minster 2020.jpg
Rotherham Minster in 2020
Rotherham Minster is located in South Yorkshire
Rotherham Minster
Rotherham Minster
53°25′52″N 1°21′25″W / 53.4310°N 1.3569°W / 53.4310; -1.3569Coordinates: 53°25′52″N 1°21′25″W / 53.4310°N 1.3569°W / 53.4310; -1.3569
OS grid referencegrid reference SK428928
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationAll Saints
Vicar(s)Philip Batchford (Vicar)

Rachel Young (Associate Vicar)

Ali Middleton (Associate Vicar)
Organist(s)Ian Wilcock (Senior Director of Music) Elliott Walker (Centenary Project Worker)

All Saints Church, Rotherham, also known as Rotherham Minster, stands in Church Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. Pevsner describes it as "one of the largest and stateliest churches in Yorkshire".[1] On 19 October 1951 it was designated as a Grade I listed building.[2]

History, architecture and furnishings[edit]

The Interior of Rotherham Parish Church by William Cowen in 1848
Interior taken from the nave 2017

The origins of the church are fourteenth century and the chancel is of that date.[2] The tower is early fifteenth century and contains a peal of 12 bells. Ten were cast in 1924 and two added in 1986.[3] The remainder of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, or of the substantial restoration by George Gilbert Scott in 1873–5.[2] The style is Perpendicular.[1]

The chancel chapel was built in 1480 by Thomas Rotherham, the locally born Archbishop of Lincoln, who subsequently endowed the College of Jesus, attached to the church, on his elevation to the Archbishopric of York.[1]

Alec Clifton-Taylor includes it in his list of "best" English parish churches[4] and describes it as "the glory of Rotherham".[5]


A specification of the 3 manual 1777 John Snetzler organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6]


  1. ^ a b c The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: West Riding, page 418
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of All Saints, Rotherham (1132733)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2013
  3. ^ Dove's Guide to the Church Bells of England
  4. ^ Clifton-Taylor 1974, p. 259.
  5. ^ Clifton-Taylor 1974, pp. 19–20.
  6. ^ National Pipe Organ Register