An historic market town, Rothwell has a large number of
springs once considered to have healing
properties. In the Middle Ages, Rothwell had a
town wall and gates, a nunnery and the unusually
long parish church of Holy Trinity, which today
houses a huge collection of skulls and thigh
An annual fair is staged when the bailiff of the Lord of the Manor rides round the town on horseback reading the town’s charter accompanied by a guard of halberdiers and a brass band.
Several buildings here were financed by Sir Thomas Tresham, grandfather of one of conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot. He lived at Elizabethan Rushton House where the Catholic rebels met in the grounds.