Description: Thomas Rotherham College
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 335692
OS Grid Reference: SK4328491614
OS Grid Coordinates: 443284, 391614
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4196, -1.3502
SK49SW ROTHERHAM MOORGATE ROAD
(west side, off)
5/57 Thomas Rotherham
College. Built as Independent Theological College, became Rotherham Grammar
School, now 6th-form college. 1876 by W.G. Habershon and A.R. Pite of
London, contractor L.B. Moore of Bedford (Rotherham Advertiser). Coursed,
rock-faced sandstone, ashlar limestone dressings, red tile roofs. 5-storey
tower flanked by 2-storey, 4-bay side-wings; 2 additional bays to left, each
set forward; 3 contemporary wings to rear with extensive later additions,
mostly in keeping. Tudor and Gothic Revival details.
Tower : quoins, chamfered and moulded plinths. Offset angle buttresses to
lower part. Tall ogee-headed lights and small offset buttresses with gablets
flank central door in pointed arch with colonettes and geometric-panelled
spandrels. String course and corbelling beneath embattled, 2-storey oriel
window with transomed 5-light window to each floor; 2nd-floor window shorter and
with apron panels having blank shields, all lights cusped. 3rd-floor string
course with buttresses to right rising as an octagonal turret; 2 rectangular
openings with hoodmoulds. 4th-floor string course beneath recessed 4-light
window with hoodmould. Moulded band beneath embattled parapet. Left return
of tower has 2 projecting, lateral stacks; right return has two 2-light
windows to 3rd floor with relieving arches and hoodmoulds, 2 similar 4th-floor
windows with hoodmoulds. Large embattled, octagonal turret to rear right
Side wings : plinth, quoins. Each bay has moulded cross windows with each
upper light divided into 2 cusped openings. Relieving arches to ground floor.
Each lst-floor window set beneath a coped gable and linked by a string course
with gargoyle and a section of embattled parapet. Moulded gable copings with
end stacks, that to right with tall castellated pot. Additional bays to far
left : less ornate and with attic-storey lit from front gables, lower roofs
than adjacent side-wing. Bay to left wider and with embattled, single-storey
canted-bay window; transomed 3-light window to 1st floor with string course
rising as hoodmould; 2-light attic window with relieving arch. Bay to right
has cross window to lower floors, single light to attic.
Left return : pointed doorway in 2-storey projection. Right return : simpler
elevation in keeping with main facade.
Rotherham Advertiser, Sept. 23, 1876 (details of opening ceremony).
Listing NGR: SK4328491614
Source: English Heritage
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