Hello and welcome to our website. We are a local history group whose main interest lies in the village (and its surrounding area) that we all call home - Whiston Village, located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK. We aim to document the life of the village; past, present and future; present this information in the form of books, publications, lectures; photographs and videos; and provide advice, support and information to the local community and wider general public in their search for information about Whiston. For more details about the Society's goals, please view the 'About Us' section of our site.

Thank you for taking the time to look around. Please contact us if you would like further advice, support or information on Whiston Village; or if you have any materials or documentation that may help us with our work.

About Whiston

Whiston is a picturesque village located in South Yorkshire, around 2.5 miles south-east of Rotherham. It has a current population of approximately 5,000 residents (1) and contains a number of listed and historical buildings; several of which have a long and interesting story associated with them. The most significant of these being Whiston Parish Church and the Manorial Barn - the latter is the only such building of its kind in the north of England. In addition, there are a number of pleasant walks around the village; and its surrounding green-belt countryside; plus many public houses, which provide traditional refreshment.

- Our Next Meeting -

Tuesday, 5th December 2023
7.15pm for 7.30pm start

Venue: Whiston Parish Hall,
Well Lane,
S60 4HX

Talk:   'Sheffield Folk Songs' - by Tony Griffin

Expect a musical performance or two as Tony guides us through the songs that folk used to sing down the local pub in days gone by.

  • Regular Entry Fee: £3.00 for both members and for guests; with refreshments.

  • All are welcome to join us.


Man Playing Guitar

A Man Playing the Guitar

- 2023 General Meetings -

Throughout 2023, the Society will meet on the following dates:

(all dates are Tuesday evenings).

  • 3rd January 2023 - Whiston Revisited   by Hazel Hopps / Matthew Hopps

  • 7th February 2023 - An Evening of Research and Discussion feat. Whiston's Shops  by Tony Griffin

  • 7th March 2023 - A Talk About Rotherham Archives  by Clare Sexton - RMBC Archives

  • 4th April 2023 - Whiston Revisited: Part 2  by Matthew Hopps

  • 2nd May 2023 - The Earliest-Born People Ever Filmed and the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived  by Matthew Hopps

  • 6th June 2023 - Whiston's Radical Priest   by Patricia Goral

  • 4th July 2023 - 'Over to You!' Stories and Memories from Whiston by WHS Members

  • August 2023 - Summer Holidays - NO MEETING  Possible WHS Field Trip (more details to follow).

  • 5th September 2023 - The Whiston Census and its Farms and Maps   by Tony Griffin / Hazel Hopps

  • 3rd October 2023 - Coal not Cold: Memories of Home Heating in post-war Rotherham   by Dr Kathy Davies

  • 7th November 2023 - World War One in Belgium and France   by Adrian Hall

  • 5th December 2023 - Sheffield Folk Songs   Tony Griffin

Please click here to download a copy of these dates as a .pdf file (A5 size).

We document life in Whiston, both from the past up to the current time; and then present that knowledge to the local community in the form of monthly meetings, talks and exhibitions.

Whiston Heritage Society

Rotherham, South Yorkshire