Referred to in the Domesday Book as Mortham,pages 23 and 85 b.
In Kirkbys Inquest was referred to as Morning, Page 7. also MORNI(.N)G "Johannes de Morni(n)g et Petrus de Rodes tenent eandem villam de domino Johanne comite Warenni pro di. feodo milit".
In 1164 it was spelt Mordings.
In 1345 this hamlet was referred to as Morthyng
Morthen meaning 'moorland district with a common assembly'.
In 1345 the Court of the Wapentake was held here at Morthen, i.e. an Area Assembly, where the local chieftains would meet. These 'open air courts' were held in June, and were the social event of the year. Those at the muster had to touch weapons with the King's representative as a show of loyalty.
These have been referred to as Tourneberg described as 'the hill where the tourn or court was held'.
Records show that these meetings were held in a meadow of 4 acres, shown on old maps as Turn Ing - this is to the east of Upper Whiston, alongside the road which became known as part of Rickneild Street.
At the Great Tourn held at Michaelmas 1347, Morthen was mentioned with tenants owing suit of court to the Lord
Refer also to Ancient Deeds
In 1583, a survey of Morvyng (Morthen), was carried out. ' ... property of Godfrey Foliambe, junior. Endorsed: "my Lord Conyer gave me these in An.81"...
Around 1698 Jonathan Stanyforth purchased 'Morthing Hall' of Francis Mitchell of Whiston
In 1739 Marmaduke Carver of Chesterfield, purchased Morthen estate from Henry Browne of Morthen, clerk, and John Browne, of Warsop, clerk. They had inherited Morthen on the death of their father Obadiah Browne of Whiston, clerk, in July 1735.
A document dated 1793 records Rev. John Carver and his wife Sarah (daughter of Thomas Allen of Sheffield, grocer and wife Elizabeth) of Morthen, a life tenant of property in Morthen, under the will of his grandfather Marmaduke Carver of Chesterfield.
In 1820 all the estates at Morthen, and Whiston of the Thorpe branch of the Athorpe family of Thorpe Hall descended to John Carver Middleton, who took the name of Athorpe.
Described in 1822 as being a hamlet in the township of Whiston, and in the parishes of Whiston and Rotherham, in the upper-division of Strafforth and Tickhill. Morthen Hall, was the seat of Nicholas Timm.
By 1850 Thomas Swann was at Morthen Hall.
Robert Woodward, son of Robert Woodward (Chairman of Edgar Allen & Co, Sheffield), lived at the hall in the 1930s.