C F Booth

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C F Booth Ltd
Limited company
Industry Recycling
Founded 1920
Headquarters Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Key people
Clarence Booth (founder)
Website www.cfbooth.com
GBRF Class 66718 "Gwyneth Dunwoody" passes Coney Green working 6Z27 Shoeburyness - Rotherham (Booths), consisting of redundant Gatwick Express coaches for scrap
London Underground A Stock at C F Booth, Rotherham awaiting scrapping

C F Booth Ltd is a family-owned scrap metal and recycling business based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.


Clarence Frederick Booth founded the business in 1920, as a metal purchaser and trader. Over the companies history, there have been a number of associated sites and businesses including: a rail served site in Doncaster (closed); and a site in Aston, near Rotherham, which concentrated on dismantling buses.[1]

Today the companies main site is the Clarence Metal Works, located on the residual southern section of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway adjacent to the Rotherham Ring Road. Obtained in the 1960s, the railway embankment was removed and the ground level access allowed for asier dismantling of redundant diesel and electric locomotives. This work continues at present, although a number of the vehicles bought are now resold for preservation. Many wagons, carriages, underground and departmental stock are also processed here. C F Booth was involved in one of the most high-profile scrapping contracts for British Rail of all time, with the media descending on the site for the arrival and scrapping of several vehicles from the APT fleet in 1987. Rail vehicles can still be brought in through a connection to Network Rail, although much is now brought in by road. Cable and electrical equipment is also a significant part of the business, but the interest in the railway activities and the proximity of the railway sidings to roads give this side of the business a high profile.


The Clarence Works site is essentially a scrapyard for ferrous and non ferrous metals, and non ferrous Melting Shop. The company's gantry cranes and three Derrick cranes make the site quite distinctive.[1]

In 1989 the company introduced a copper alloy melting division, to service the foundry industry with copper-based ingots for re-melting purposes. Today it is one of the largest manufacturers of copper based products in the United Kingdom. The firm also provides machining services on large billet and slab metal sections, which supply customers in the marine, oil and gas and defence industries.[1]

In 2012 the company achieved the Queens Award for International Trade.[1][2] Company turnover is circa £170 million.[3]


In 1987, Ken Booth bought Rotherham United F.C. out of administration. For 17 years, the Booth family owned the club, with Booth chairman. After the collapse of the ITV Digital deal, and with club debts at £3 million, the family sold the club for a nominal £1 in December 2004 to a group of supporters led by solicitor Peter Ruchniewicz, in returning for gaining ownership of the clubs ground at Millmoor (located adjacent to the firms main scrapyard, the Clarence Metal Works), the Tivoli nightclub in front of it and the Hooton Lodge training ground.[3]

The club paid the Booth's £200,000 per annum in rent, and were responsible for the grounds maintenance and up keep. The club started a ground upgrade programme, but came into dispute with the Booth's over the lease period and additional fees, which included: 30 free tickets to every home match, with entertainment; advertising in the ground; and first call on away tickets and FA Cup final tickets. [3]

In May 2008, Rotherham United left Millmoor after talks with Ken Booth broke down.[4] The team moved to the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield until 2012, when the club moved into a new community stadium in Rotherham. Millmoor is currently unused apart from its car park which has been used by C F Booth as an overspill and storage area for former tube trains awaiting scrapping.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d C F Booth Ltd. "About CF Booth". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Tom Austen (23 April 2012). "News: C.F. Booth wins first Queen’s Award for Enterprise". Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c David Conn (23 April 2008). "Family saga puts Rotherham through the mill". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "End of an era: Millmoor farewell for Rotherham". Yorkshire Post. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Dennison, Gareth (12 August 2010). "Scrap trains plan for Millmoor car park". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Dennison, Gareth (6 October 2010). "Millmoor tube train plan go-ahead". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 53°25′39″N 1°22′13″W / 53.4274°N 1.3704°W / 53.4274; -1.3704