South Yorkshire

Maltby is a town in the Rotherham metropolitan district of South Yorkshire.

A memorial to 27 victims of a disaster at the Maltby Colliery in 1923 is situated at the former mine above the location where 25 of them were buried in an explosion nearly half a mile below groundThe former mining town with its own civil parish is about 4 miles south-south-east of Conisbrough, 4 miles west of Tickhill and 6½ miles east of Rotherham.

Maltby had one of the last deep mines in Britain which had produced coal for more than 100 years before it was closed in 2013. In South Yorkshire it was the next to last to face closure, before Hatfield Colliery two years later. The mine had existed since the first shafts were sunk in 1907, the colliery also resulting in the expansion of Maltby with a new Model Village of housing for the mineworkers.

Mining also brought a railway to Maltby in 1909 which still exists as a freight route. Passengers services at the station near to the mine were short-lived and only operated between 1910 and 1929, when they ceased following decline in use after the General Strike of 1926.

Before the mine, Maltby had a long history as a small agricultural village. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Maltebi as long ago as 1086.

Roche Abbey, a Cistercian order monastery dating from the 1170s, is situated about 1½ miles to the south-east of Maltby (see below).

 Town features

The town has pubs and social clubs.
Maltby has local traders and a supermarket.
The town has Post Offices.
The town has pharmacies.
Maltby has a bank.
Maltby has a selection of places to eat.
A choice of cafes can be found in Maltby.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, pizzas.
Maltby has a community hall.
Maltby has a community theatre - - The Wesley Centre.
The town has a library.
Maltby has schools.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Places of worship: Anglican, other.


Bus travel

The town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Maltby can be reached via the A631 A634 B6376 B427

Places to visit

Magna Science Adventure Centre

Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham
Set in Rotherham's old Templeborough steelworks, Magna offers an insight into the world of steelmaking and much more. It offers a fascinating exploration into the world of science and technology through areas of air, earth, fire and water. Among the highlights are a fire tornado and the chance to operate a JCB. Magna is about 2 miles to the south-west of Rotherham town centre and is on the 69 Rotherham to Sheffield bus route.
More information at  Magna website.

Roche Abbey

Roche Abbey

Near Maltby
Situated near Maltby, 8 miles east-south-east of Rotherham town centre (9.5 miles by road), are the remains of Roche Abbey, a Cistercian order monastery dating from the 1170s. The abbey's excavated foundations show one of of the most complete ground plans of any monastery remains in the country. Despite the dismantling after the suppression of the monastery in 1538, much of its early Gothic transepts survive as does a section of the gatehouse built around 1300. There are also bridges crossing the attractive stream through the site. The area around the monastery was landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the 1770s and a Banqueting Lodge created from stonework from the ruined abbey at around that time. The abbey can be reached by car or via the public footpath adjoining the site. Roche Abbey is managed by English Heritage.

More information at the  English Heritage - Roche Abbey website.
Locate on map:  Roche Abbey

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre

Woodsetts Road, North Anston
In addition to its butterfly house, the centre offers all kinds of animal encounters, from reptiles, insects and birds to meerkats, lemurs, otters and farm animals. The centre is at North Anston, about 10 miles to the south-east of Rotherham.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth WoodhouseWentworth
Situated about 4 miles north-east of Rotherham, Wentworth Woodhouse is possibly the grandest country palace in England. In effect it is two back-to-back palaces. Its brick West Front was built in the 1720s. Soon after this, its stone East Front was built, stretching for an impressive 185 metres. Until recently the largest house to be privately-owned, in 2017 it was acquired by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust for £7m, with half of that coming from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The house was given its huge Palladian frontage between the 1730s and 1740s by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, Baron Malton, who was Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of West Yorkshire from 1733 to 1750. Brought up there was his son, Charles Watson-Wentworth, who in later life, as The Marquess of Rockingham, served two short terms as Prime Minister of Great Britain. The house and gardens open daily, except Mondays, with admission available to its main rooms and gardens and also themed guided tours available to provide a wealth of information about the various parts of the 365-room house and its conservation. Afternoon tea is served in its Long Gallery and there is also a gift shop. Various events are staged at the historic house through the year. Wentworth Woodhouse has been a location for a variety of films and TV productions, recently having featured prominently in the second series of acclaimed ITV historical drama "Victoria" and also in the award-winning fact-based fictional drama film about Winston Churchill, "Darkest Hour". There are some attractive public footpaths through the estate, including some which lead past the large and eleborate follies which boasted its extent.
For more information see the  Wentworth Woodhouse website.
Locate on map:  Wentworth Woodhouse

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough, South Yorkshire
The castle is situated in the small town of Conisbrough, about five miles south-west of Doncaster and seven miles north-east of Rotherham. Its tall circular cylindrical keep has had its walls and roofs restored to create a feeling of how the castle would have been in the late 12th century when it was built. In 1201, the castle had a royal visit, when King John stayed there. The castle became famous through fiction as the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe'. The historic site is managed by English Heritage.

Find out more at the  English Heritage - Conisbrough Castle web pages.
Find on map:  Conisbrough Castle

Gulliver's Valley

Mansfield Road (A618), Wales, South Yorkshire
A recently-developed theme park near to the Rother Valley Country Park offering family rides and play areas in a variety of themed zones together with accommodation. The park offers more than two dozen rides, mostly aimed at younger children.
Locate on map:  Gulliver's Valley

Emergency services

South Yorkshire Police  South Yorkshire Police website.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue  South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Civil parish council

Maltby Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:  Maltby Town Council

Metropolitan district council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

The Rotherham Borough Council area extends for several miles beyond the town, covering many other towns and villages, particularly to the north of the town, along the River Don, and to the south-east of Rotherham, where the area extends for around 10 miles from the town. To the west, however, the neighbouring Sheffield City Council district encroaches to within a mile of Rotherham town centre in places.

The metropolitan borough is the only one in South Yorkshire to have borders with all of the other three South Yorkshire authorities, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster and it also borders Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Rotherham Council was from 2015 to September 2018 managed by government commissioners appointed after serious failings were found in the running of the previous authority, particularly in relation to children's services.

Rotherham Town Hall is at The Crofts in the former West Riding Courthouse. The council offices are principally based at Riverside House opposite the town's police station, in Main Street.

Political composition of the council after May 2024 election:

59 members
Link to  Rotherham MBC website.

County strategic authority

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
Covers combined services including public transport, housing, infrastructure and regeneration and adult education in South Yorkshire, including the metropolitan districts of  Barnsley,  Doncaster,  Rotherham and  Sheffield. The authority has been mayor-led since 2018. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner is added to the list of mayoral responsibilities after the May 2024 election.

Elected mayor: Oliver Coppard Labour & Cooperative
 South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

This role becomes the responsibility of the elected South Yorkshire mayor after the May 2024 election.
 South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Fire Authority

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four metropolitan district councils of South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
 South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority web pages.

Pre-election parliamentary constituency

Rother Valley
Elected MP: Alexander Stafford Conservative

New parliamentary constituency

Rother Valley
Boundaries of this constituency have been changed since the last General Election.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

South Yorkshire


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