Landmark given plaque

Celebrating the historical building which is Skellow Grange Care Home are l-r Giles Brearley, chairman of Swinton Heritage Society, Nadim Admani, of Swinton Grange, Ron James, of Swinton Heritage Society, Saleem Hasan, of Swinton Grange, and Coun Ken Wyatt. Picture: Liz Mockler S1062LM
Celebrating the historical building which is Skellow Grange Care Home are l-r Giles Brearley, chairman of Swinton Heritage Society, Nadim Admani, of Swinton Grange, Ron James, of Swinton Heritage Society, Saleem Hasan, of Swinton Grange, and Coun Ken Wyatt. Picture: Liz Mockler S1062LM
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A PLAQUE will be unveiled at a Dearne care home to recognise the building’s long history as a community base for health care.

Swinton Grange on Station Street is currently used as an old folks home but dates back to 1865 as a doctors’ practice.

Former residents include a Dr Campbell, a popular GP who was rewarded for his heroism helping people involved in local mining and railway accidents.

Local historians, councillor Ken Wyatt, Ron James and Giles Brearley, have now arranged for a plaque and display to be put inside the building to give details of its background.

The unveiling will take place on Wednesday, July 18, at 2pm when Rotherham Civic Mayor Dave Pickering and MP John Healey are both expected to attend.

Coun Wyatt said: “We recently arranged with the home managers to change the name from Swinton Hall to Swinton Grange to reflect its heritage and the plaque is taking it a stage further.

“The doctors in those days were like surgeons on call out, they even performed amputations on people.

“It will be an interesting display for all of the residents, their family, staff and visitors to appreciate.”

Swinton Grange was recently re-opened after a £1 million investment by Hermes Care.