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Rotherham's historic shops restored in regeneration bid

Hamby's in Rotherham
Image caption Work is due to start on four more buildings

Historic high street buildings in Rotherham are being restored as part of a scheme to revive the town centre.

The council said renovating key character buildings would help encourage new businesses to locate there.

Hamby's shoe shop, a building which dates to 1760, has already been restored with roof and window repairs and a missing turret reinstated.

Work is now due to start on four more properties.

The project is part of a heritage lottery fund scheme which gives grants to property holders to regenerate conservation areas.

Councillor Gerald Smith, the council's cabinet member for town centres, economic growth and prosperity, said: "Rotherham is blessed with historic buildings that have medieval history as well as examples of Georgian, Victorian, art-deco and '50s architecture.

"These are character buildings that deserve to be restored and which cannot be found in shopping malls and retail parks."

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