A private residential mansion since the 1770s, Wath Hall was bought by Wath council in 1892 for use as a town hall. In 1974 Wath became part of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the building stopped being Wath Town Hall. By 2013 Rotherham had no further use for it and the community feared the Hall and its grounds would be lost to property developers.

Wath Hall Limited was formed in 2015 by local people to raise finance for repairing the neglected building, stop further deterioration and create a viable long-term plan for this precious community asset. The aim is to house small businesses working in creative industries, develop a local heritage centre and provide community rooms. The company became a registered charity, 1168736, in August 2016.

A Rotherham MBC Cabinet meeting in September 2018 unanimously decided to sell the freehold of the Hall and its grounds to Wath Hall Limited. 

In September 2015, agreement was reached with Rotherham MBC, in principle, to allow Wath Hall Ltd 12 months to build a viable long-term sustainable future for Wath Hall.

Since then the ground floor has been redecorated and minor building works have been undertaken to secure the integrity of the building.  There has been a significant start into researching the history and story of the Wath Hall.

The future uses of the hall are evolving including:

  • A local heritage centre/museum 
  • A credit union contact
  • A branch office for the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • A cafe
  • Art studios
  • Creative spaces for exhibiting
  • Office and business start up spaces

The intention is to turn the Hall into a focal point for the community and a core part of the cultural centre of Wath.

Wath Hall Ltd is now looking to raise funds to make the vision happen and is looking for volunteers to come together to develop this invaluable future community asset.