ONCE it was a thriving community in a growing town with its own characters, way of life, sights and sounds.
Westgate in the 19th Century was a bustling transportation route and industries were well served by the nearby River Don.
Within the area there was a mix of houses, courts and slums, trades, professions and shops.
Westgate has chapels and schools and was noted for its many public houses.
Now Rotherham author Margaret Jackson has brought old Westgate back to life in a beautifully illustrated book called Memories of Westgate.
She uses her own memories and many of her own photographs and illustrations as well as archived photographs to give a feel of what the old Westgate area was really like.
Up until the 1950s it remained a busy, thriving, area.
In a fascinating insight to life in Rotherham many years ago, the book details with the aid of many photographs the old occupants, the conditions they lived in, pubs, chapels, schools, transport and industry.
The book, published by Youbooks, is priced at £11.99, and is available from Rotherham Visitors Centre, Broom Lane Post Office, Peter Howard books, Waterstones and WH Smith at Meadowhall and in Rotherham town centre.
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