Rotherham High Street celebratesPublished Tuesday, 9th June 2015
One of Rotherham's most impressive restoration projects got the official seal of approval this week.
On Tuesday (June 9), officials from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were given a guided tour of the town's High Street, which is celebrating the restoration of 13 key properties thanks to a total of a £4.7 million investment from the HLF, Rotherham Council and the property owners.
The guests, which also included representatives from Historic England, the Department of Communities and Local Government and Rotherham Civic Society, saw at first hand both the exteriors and interiors of the renovated buildings on the High Street as well as the new keystones. These depict the history of the street and its properties, and are set within the street paving.
The tours included a visit inside No 26 - The Makers Emporium, which showcases a variety of products crafted by local makers, artists and designers, as well as the former Three Cranes Inn. This dates back to the 15th century and houses Hamby's Antiques on the lower floors and heritage showrooms on the upper floors.
The visitors also saw how the renovated High Street fits into the improved town centre as a whole. With the magnificent medieval Minster at its heart, over the past seven years the town centre has benefited from not only the Heritage Lottery Fund's Townscape Heritage Initiative, but also public realm works, the Government's High Street Renewal Fund, the Gallery Town Project, the Business Vitality Grant scheme and the Portas Pilot scheme.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Advisory Cabinet Member for Rotherham Council, described the changes to the town centre over the past seven years as "incredible."
"This has been partnership working at its very best," she added. "The work around the Minster and the High Street has been a catalyst for investment and activity across the whole town. The High Street is looking wonderful and my congratulations go to everyone who has been involved in these excellent schemes that have resulted in this wonderful regeneration of the town's historic core."