Bought By The People For The People


On the 26th July 2020 Wath Hall Preservation Society Limited bought this beautiful Georgian mansion, Grade 2 listed, from Rotherham Council. Built in 1770, it was the town hall for Wath Upon Dearne from 1892 until 1974 and was declared redundant in 2014. Together with the charity Wath Hall Limited, our six-year campaign to secure it for the people of Wath succeeded in the Hall’s 250th anniversary year, a remarkable achievement!

This exciting and vital venture is unique to Rotherham and South Yorkshire. There is nothing like it in nature, scale or ambition. It was local folk who raised the cash to buy the freehold, investing their money in Wath Hall Preservation Society community shares. They have bought the Hall and its beautiful surroundings to safeguard the future for Wath through the formation of a creative community enterprise. Community and economic regeneration are at the very heart of this project.

Much needs to be done before the Hall can be opened for business – roof repairs, electrical re-wiring, new heating system installed – then it will operate as an arts and heritage centre, holding public events, facilitating community groups and housing local small businesses. It will be a fantastic resource for Wath to be proud of.

We have emphasised from the very beginning that buying the Hall and its grounds would enable people to own their past and secure their future. In the challenging social and economic environment created by the current Covid-19 virus emergency, our project is all the more urgent.