Local History Fayre


This year, Killamarsh Heritage Society is hosting the 2023 Local History Fair involving local history and heritage groups in the North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire Areas.    It will be held on Saturday 7th October 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 1DY.


Last year, Aston-cum-Aughton History Group hosted the 2022 Local History Fair in the Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Hall, Rosegarth Avenue, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2DD.   The event was opened by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Tajamal Khan.

The History Fair has been held annually over the past few years and is an opportunity for like-minded groups to meet and let the public know the history and heritage of their area.    Groups taking part include Barlborough Heritage & Resource Centre,  Brinsworth & Catcliffe Local History Group, Catcliffe Cone Community Group, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Clifton Museum and Rotherham Archives,  Friends of Birley Spa, Friends of Ulley Country Park, Paul Fox, Stephen Gay, Harthill with Woodhall Memories and History Society, Killamarsh Heritage Society, Kiveton and Wales History Society, Mosborough History Meeting Group, Sandra Struggles, Todwick Historical Society, Whiston Heritage Society, Woodsetts Local History Society.

1762 Holderness Map
We were also fortunate to be able to display the map drawn for the Earl of Holderness in 1762, showing his estates in Aston and Wales.    It illustrates the area before the enclosure of the fields and commons and before the present Aston Hall was built.   In addition to showing the roads, fields and houses in great detail, the map also bears a fine coloured cartouche and the Earl’s coat of arms.    It is considered an important part of the heritage of the Rotherham area.   It measures 8 feet by 8 feet,  is currently in the care of Rotherham Archives and was available for everyone to see on the day.    It was last on display in October 2009.

Thank you to those who attended on the day

Many visitors from around the area joined us to see the displays by local history and heritage groups, and also to study the Holderness Map, which generated plenty of interest.   A big thank you to the Council’s Archives Team for bringing the Map. At 8ft 6in by 8ft 4in the Map is not easy to handle, and very fragile. The team unrolled the Map onto the tables provided and it proved to be very popular with our visitors.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Khan, who spoke about his personal interest in our local history. The Mayor spent time talking to all the members of the various history groups taking part.  The Mayor was accompanied by Lyndsay Pitchley, Chair of Aston Parish Council.

As well as exploring the stalls set up by visiting history and heritage groups, those in attendance enjoyed browsing the photograph albums of Aston, Aughton, Swallownest and Fence. It was fantastic to be able to reminisce.

Light refreshments were provided by Aston-cum-Aughton History Group throughout the day and members of the Group are thanked for their efforts helping out on the day, which included serving drinks and snacks.    Thanks also go to the staff at the Parish Hall. The History Group received many compliments from other visiting history groups on the venue.