The Friends of Sheffield Castle are a voluntary group who aim to protect and promote the archaeological site of Sheffield Castle for the benefit of the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, and for future generations.
We will acquire and disseminate information about Sheffield Castle, at both local and national levels and work with local, regional and national organisations to protect and promote the remains as a source of enjoyment, education and inspiration for All.
Peter Machan’s recent talk brought a respectable 57 people to the opulent surroundings of the Royal Victoria Hotel, demonstrating once again how popular the Castle is to the people of Sheffield. Below a photo of the talk by Marie Gilman.
Monday 7th April 10.30 -11.30 am Manor Library, Ridgeway Road, S12 2S3 -Tel 0114 203 7805.
‘Ron Clayton – A History Of Sheffield Castle – In One Hour’
The Time Travellers visited Bishop’s House recently, where Ken Dash talked about its structure and history as well as some of the curious aspects of the house. This picture of the fire surround, reputedly salvaged from Sheffield Castle at the time of demolition, was taken by Philip Allsworth-Jones.
“The Lords of the Manor and Castle of Sheffield, 1066 to 1649″ is the title of a talk, by local author and historian Peter Machan, telling the dramatic story of the lordly families who ruled Sheffield from their stronghold at the castle throughout the centuries when the little town was a manorial borough.
Who was Waltheof? Who built the castles and how important were they within the realm? What else did they own and what evidence can we trace of their developments in today’s landscape? We examine the historical records to piece together some or the intriguing answers to these questions in this beautifully illustrated talk.
This talk is taking place in the assembly room of the Royal Victoria Hotel/Holiday Inn on Thursday 6th March at 7-30 prompt.
Due to the tremendous interest in the future of the site of Sheffield Castle demand is likely to be high and you are advised to book in advance by e-mailing email@example.com stating your name and how many places you require.
After the talk will be an opportunity to have some refreshments in the Hotel Bar and meet some of the Friends of Sheffield Castle Committee and ask any questions you may have. Please join us on what is sure to be a fascinating evening.
Enjoy this fabulous photo of the Alexandra pub courtesy of Ian Michael Spooner. Thankfully, this fine building will survive the imminent demolition
Ken Dash from FOBH sent this snippet.
Checking in the archives library on Monday I came across an account where there was a count of heads of households in the 1571 Easter Book. It gave 172 male heads of households which the article multiplied by 4.68 to get an idea of the real number of people. This came to 805 people. There were 20 uxores [I don't know what an uxore is], 4 female heads of households, 1 brother and sister and one mother and son; an estimated total for the township of Sheffield of 833. So we had a tiny town with the 4th largest castle in England at its centre.
The reference is: David Postles  An early modern town: Sheffield in the sixteenth century Local History no. 25 p61-67.
The landscape in this photo from 1937 clearly shows the profile of the buildings.
The March edition of Current Archaeology carries a short article on FOSC on page 5, seen below.
From Saturday 1st February to Friday 28th February a small exhibition on the history of Sheffield Castle will be on display in Sheffield Central Library on Surrey Street. The exhibition is freely accessible, and located in the First Floor stairwell display case; it contains panels, historic maps and some artefacts which were recovered during the most recent excavations at the site (2002).
The exhibition has been created by Jonathan Willmer, as a result of a student placement partnership between FOSC and the University of Sheffield.
The main themes covered are:
1) the first castle c.1100-1266
2) the second castle 1270-1648
3) Mary Queen of Scots
4) Civil War and demolition 1642-49
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This is the earliest map we have of the castle site. Almost ninety years after
demolition, there is no trace of the castle, but nor has there been very much
development on the site. A bowling green occupies much of the space.