Our Publications

Since 2005, the Society has written and published various books about life in and around Whiston. Below is profile about each book.

Our publications are on general sale throughout the year; but also sold at the annual Whiston Festival and at the Christmas Fayre / Lights Switch-on; where we usually have a stall.

Secondly, we have prouced an annual calendar featuring appropriate photos of Whiston and the surrounding area for each month of the year.

If you are interesting in purchasing one of our books, booklets or calendars, please fill out the form on the Contact Us page; and will then be in touch with you to arrange delivery (or collection) and payment as necessary.

All publications are currently being sold at £2.00 each.



Whiston: Beyond the Village Centre (2017)

Written by the late Mr Henry Tompkin, Whiston: Beyond the Village Centre follows the boundaries of the village in order to tell the story of the outlying areas of our Parish / Civic area; including the hamlet of Morthen and its Grand Hall. This book proved to be very popular when it was published and quickly sold out its original print run. Unfortunately, with the death of Mr Tompkin in 2020, the original digital manuscript is no longer available, so it is unlikely that we will be able to print any more copies of this book.


Whiston At Play (2014)


About sports and recreation in Whiston over the years. this book proved to be so popular over sixty (60x) copies available

Old Whiston: Good - Buy! (2012)

About shopping, goods and services.

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A Village Remembers: Whiston 1936 - 1953 (2009)


Covering the war years

The Changing Face of Whiston (2007)

More stories and photographs covering the life and times of the village.

focuses on three different aspects of Whiston that were introduced in our first book (below).

i) visible changes made to Whiston

ii) upgrade made due to development in transport

ii) water usage in Whiston


Stories and Photographs of Whiston Past (2005)


Stories and photographs covering the life and times of the village over the previous 100 years.

Our first ever book was (and still is) a pictorial and written guide to life in the village before the 'march of progress began' i.e. pre-1960s when Whiston was a mostly rural viallage separated from Rotherham by farms and fields that would leter be given over to housing.

As per the introductions, this books aims to "capture the conditions of a more rural age"

Booklets and Pamphlets

Harry Armitage and his Family (2018)

The story of Harry Armitage (1900 - 1993): 'A real Whiston character '

Harry was a pony-and-trap rider, smallholder and fairground amusement owner. He also wrote a book about Whiston: Sorrelsykes: extracts of which have been reporduced in this booklet. His recorded memories provide an insight into life; and particularly; the people of Whiston during his lifetime.

Harry Armitage

Whiston Manorial Barn (2019)


Booklet about the Manorial Barn.

Wartime Memories of Whiston by Colin Wade (2020)

Stories and photographs covering the life and times of the village over the previous 100 years.


Youthful Memories of Whiston by Eleanor Kimber (2008) reprinted (2018)


Stories and photographs covering the life and times of the village over the previous 100 years.



We have produced slimline calenders of Whiston; featuring appropriately seasonal photographs of the village for each month of the year. These proved to be very popular for the two years that we have been able to produce them (2019 and 2020). Unfortunately, we were not able to put together a calendar for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic (which meant that there was no Summer Fayre or Christmas Lights Switch-On events at which to sell them). Nonetheless, we hope to be able to do so again in the future.

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Other Publications - non Whiston Heritage Society

  • A collection of six notelets featuring pen drawings of Whiston; drawn by a local artist. ₤2.00 - currently out of print.

  • J.D. Griffin (1956) The story of the church of St. Mary Magdalene: Whiston and its Parish.

  • J.D. Griffin (1967) The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Whiston.

  • Manorial Barn Opening Cemeremony Programme (1988)

  • M.Butcher (1989) A History of Whiston.

  • D.G. Bartholomew, Memories of Whiston. - Non-WHS publication, currently unavailable.