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The manor's other resources were a church, four loosely called 'acres' of meadow, and seven of woodland.Rotherham had a mill valued at an ordinary half of one pound sterling.Sixty years after the College's dissolution Rotherham was described by a wealthy visitor as falling from a fashionable college town to having admitted gambling and vice.The history of Thomas Rotherham and education in the town are remembered in the name of Thomas Rotherham College.His successors, the De Vesci family, rarely visited the town and did not build a castle but maintained a Friday market and a fair.
The river name was carried into Old English from Brittonic branch of Celtic words: ro- 'over, chief' and duβr 'water', thus 'main river'; a similar size namesake is in East Sussex, see Rother.
The monks collected tithes from the town and gained rights to an extra market day on Monday and to extend the annual fair from two to three days.
The townsmen of Rotherham formed the "Greaves of Our Lady's Light", an organisation which worked with the town's three guilds.
The Walker family built an iron and steel empire in the 18th century, their foundries producing high quality cannon, including some for the ship of the line HMS Victory, and cast iron bridges, one of which was commissioned by Thomas Paine.
Rotherham's cast iron industry expanded rapidly in the early 19th century, the Effingham Ironworks, later Yates, Haywood & Co, opened in 1820. Micklethwait and John and Richard Corker of the Ferham Works.