Wales ward lies in the south of the Rother Valley. The ward contains the villages of Wales, Kiveton Park, Todwick, Harthill and Thorpe Salvin.
Rotherham Borough Councillors Local Parish Councils
Councillor Gordon Watson Harthill with Woodall Parish Council
Councillor Jennifer Whysall Todwick Parish Council
Councillor Dominic Beck Wales Parish Council
Thorpe Salvin Parish Council
- The name Harthill derives from “Hertill” meaning 'hill frequented by deer'.
- Predominantly an agricultural village up to that point, the sinking of the colliery at Kiveton Park in the nineteenth century came to provide employment for most men and contributed to the rise in the village's population.
- John Varley, the Resident Engineer who oversaw the construction of the nearby Chesterfield Canal, lived in the village and is buried at All Saints Church.
- The name Thorpe derives from the Norse for an outlying farmstead ('Torp'), while Salvin refers to 13th Century lord of the manor Ralph Salvain.
- The church of St Peter, predominantly built in the 12th Century, is emblazoned with Norman carvings.
- The village contains the ruins of Thorpe Hall, a manor house built in the 16th Century. It was partially demolished in the 1820s and now only the south front remains.
- The name Todwick comes from “Tateuuic” meaning Tata’s dairy farm.
- The village dates back to Saxon times, with the church of St Peter & St Paul recorded in the Domesday book. Parts of the present church date back to the 11th Century.
Wales and Kiveton Park
- The name Wales is thought to denote a settlement of Britons who remained after the Anglo-Saxon settlement of the area. Whereas Kiveton gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon for the settlement in the hollow and was listed as Cieutone in the Domesday book.
- The first Duke of Leeds, Thomas Osborne, had Kiveton Hall built in the village in 1698. Although the building was demolished just over a hundred years later.
- Pits were sunk at Waleswood and Kiveton in the 19th Century, leading to a massive growth in population in the area. Waleswood Colliery closed in 1948 and Kiveton Park Colliery closed in 1994. The protected pit-head baths on the surface (built in 1938) remain.
- To the west of the village is Rother Valley Country Park, which was opened in 1983 and contains lakes for water sports and wildlife.
- Kiveton is also famous as the birthplace of legendary football manager Herbert Chapman, who led both Huddersfield Town and Arsenal to First Division and FA Cup wins.