THE TOWER of Rothwell Church dates from the 15th century. John Blenkinsop, who built
the first commercial railway locomotive, which first ran at Hunslet Moor, a few miles
away was buried in the churchyard in 1831.
A 1940s guide says of Rothwell ‘The collieries have made it drab . . . The embattled
church stands by an old pit-head, the coal now being brought up a mile away.’
As you can see from my drawing, it stands in a leafy post-industrial setting now.
A new Morrisons supermarket is being built nearby.
These are drawings for my walks booklet which I’m doing from photographs that I took
when we were checking out the walks in the summer. It’s taken me so long to draw
them that I wonder if it would have been just as quick to go back and work on location.
But it’s not the best time of year for that. It’s been good to have a reminder of
warmer days; in my picture of the cows the hawthorn blossom was just starting to