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.

New book – ‘The Story of the Manor and Castle of Medieval Sheffield’

book coverRon Clayton gives his individual review of the above.

Peter Machan has provided Sheffielders with another lavishly illustrated, fact packed yet readable and modestly priced book on the pre Industrial history of his native city. In particular he looks at the castle, lodge, deer park and town of Sheffield itself together with some of its notables. His love of and fascination with the post medieval evolution of the lodge site is self-evident and to be expected from the author.

With anecdotes and contemporary comments a plenty and published by Sharrow Books at the very affordable price of £4.99 with both colour and black and white illustrations it’s been beautifully put together by Mick Liversidge at Pickards. One brief criticism ‘The Story of’ is a title used perhaps too often in books on Sheffield’s history.

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Peter Machan giving a talk for FOSC

It is also a testimonial and acknowledgement to the work of those few, very few individuals who have long pressed the issue of the castle site and associated issues in the local media and- more recently- certain Friends Groups together with the crucial support of both universities.

One hopes that the City Council can now fine tune its own efforts regarding the castle site because as ‘nature abhors a vacuum’  so too does the Sheffield public a long term hoarded up derelict site in the city centre.

The book can be bought from Sheffield Scene – £4.99.

Ron Clayton

In The Press

star_jun2016A great article ran in the Yorkshire Post recently, written by the acclaimed journalist Stephen McClarence. We also had a double page spread in the Sheffield Star. We really appreciate this publicity which will help even more local people be aware of this treasure.


Sealed Knot English Civil War Group

June 18th-19th 2016
10.30 – 4.30

The Sealed Knot English Civil War Group will be holding a living history encampment and battle displays at Sheffield Works Department Sports and Social Club at Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield S2 3GG. The battle is at 2-30

Telephone 2780819
Admission is £3 adults £1 children – under 5’s free – refreshments available in clubhouse.

Dr Hugh Willmott – Research and Excavation of the Mediaeval Hospital at Thornton Abbey

21st July 2016

A talk at Central United Reformed Church – Dr Hugh Willmott (Sheffield University Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology) – “Recent Research and Excavation at the Mediaeval Hospital of St James, Thornton Abbey”

Admission:  Members £3; non-Members £5.  Refreshments available.
Book in advance with Ron on 0114 234 6669 and pay on the door.

Dr David Clarke – “Underneath Sheffield’s Streets”

22nd September 2016

A talk at Central United Reformed Church – Dr David Clarke (Hallam University Journalism Lecturer & Leading Member of Folklore Society) – “Underneath Sheffield’s Streets – A Look at Sheffield’s Greatest Urban Myth – The Tunnels, Wells and Sacred Wells of Old Sheffield”

Admission:  Members £3; non-Members £5.  Refreshments available.
Book in advance with Ron on 0114 234 6669 and pay on the door.

The Bastion

Senior Structural Engineer Steve Mettam sent us some  photographs taken of the bastion tower ruins during their pre-demolition surveys in early 2014.

The subterranean ‘low chamber’ is not currently accessible, except via use of harness and winch, by experienced confined spaces trained personnel only. The castle ruins cannot be seen from the new raised ‘lockable’ double triangular surface cover. The square chamber approximately 4m x 4m x 4m deep is experiencing  some groundwater infiltration. We pumped it out once and used infrared heaters to dry it out,  but since the demolition finished at the end of February, it has filled up again now to a depth of 0.5m.

We are trying to determine where the water is coming into the chamber, there is a redundant 300mm dia. service pipe running through it, which we have now CCTV surveyed. I suspect the construction joint between the floor slab and the chamber walls has no waterbar incorporated within it, but the water could also be entering via the surround to the pipe or castle ruins. A survey crew is going to enter the chamber shortly, once we have de-watered it again, to record the chamber’s condition and to try to identify where the groundwater is entering it and we shall make an attempt to ‘stem’ this flow.

A private guided tour of Hardwick Hall

Friday 17 June 2016

hardwickFriends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge invite you to a coach outing for a private guided tour of Hardwick Hall (commences 30 mins before the House Opens) plus a vist to Stainsby Mill (edge of the Estate).

9.15 am pickup Pond Hill – just above Old Queens Head
9.35 am pick up Reney Road  Greenhill
10.00 am arrive 5-10 mins walk to the hall-buggies available for disabled.

Cost £19 to include coach fare, private guided tour and tour around Stainsby Mill, Cost for N.T. members is £14 (You must bring your NT membership cards).

Please note the cost of meals and entry to the Old Hall are not included. Hardwick were unable to offer Buffet meals for a coach party

Itinerary 10.30am Tour commences
12 noon finish of tour
12 noon – 2.45pm.  Lunch and optional tour of the Old Hall
3.45 pm leave for Stainsby Mill
4.00pm – 5.00pm Stainsby Mill tour
5.00pm Depart
5.35pm Reney Road Drop off point
6.00pm Pond Hill drop off point

Notes on Lunch Break
Lunch can be taken at the restaurant in the new extensions to Hardwick or just outside there is very large picnic area with tables. NT Members are allowed back into the House and Gardens. For Non Members may I suggest that when the tour finishes in the gardens, you stay inside until you have seen what you want to see before exiting the gardens.

During the extended lunch break, may I suggest that you pop across and tour the Old Hall supervised by English Heritage (Audio Tours available). Both NT/EH members will be free and to Non Members it is £6 or £5.30 for Concessions.

More information/booking – templeman3@tiscali.co.uk