Today, Rothwell is a bustling town of character and some 7,500 inhabitants. There are many active societies and clubs, a community centre and Public Library. Concerts are held from time to time in Holy Trinity Church, when audiences are entertained by a variety of musical talent and the church’s renowned acoustics come into their own.
Early risers can hear the traditional Proclamation read by the town’s Bailiff at 6.00am outside the Parish Church on Trinity Monday. The fair is a very festive occasion with stalls and entertainment, attracting visitors from far and wide.
During the 18th Century Rothwell was a thriving centre for weaving, producing fine worsted cloth and expensive silks. The decline of this industry caused much hardship locally until replaced by leather working in particular the manufacture of footwear at which the town excelled.