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.
6.30pm Thursday 19th April 2018
Central United Reformed Church,
Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB
Here are details of our forthcoming AGM and talk which we hope you can attend. As well as what I am sure will be an interesting talk from David Templeman on “The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”, we will be providing an update on the start of archaeological work on the Castle site and an update on the all the work Sheffield University is doing on the archives, the Peoples Pier and a virtual re-construction of what the Castle may well have looked like!
Visitors welcome £3, existing members free. You can join on the night for only £5 and get in for free 😉
Tuesday, March 20th, 18.30 – 20.00
Where: The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
Sheffield Civic Trust (SCT) are holding a public meeting on Tuesday, March 20th at The Circle, considering the changing face of a key quarter of the city.
Speakers include Valerie Bayliss of the Castlegate Preservation Trust and the Save Sheffield Old Town Hall campaign, and Simon Ogden, SCC Head of City Regeneration.
There will be presentations on the aspirations of the Castlegate Trust, the latest progress of plans for the Castlegate area of Sheffield and a subsequent discussion with the audience.
Following this will be a discussion with the audience.
Members/General/Concs. – Free/£5/£2 (annual membership available on the night) Refreshments from 6pm.
FOSC are willing partners in the quest of the Friends of the Old Town Hall to preserve the building for future generations. They have their AGM at 7.15 pm on Monday, March 26 at the Friends’ Meeting House, St James’s Street, Sheffield.
There’s an interesting historical article here.
Edible archaeology is apparently becoming very popular. Linda Williamson, a member of local amateur archaeology group ‘The Time Travellers’, created a detailed model of the castle, constructed of sponge cake with gingerbread
and icing buildings – delicious!
Sadly for posterity, the subsequent demolition by members at their seasonal celebration of the shortest day, proved greater than that achieved by the parliamentarians at the end of the civil war… crumbs!
Gareth Dean from Sheffield University is researching into the Sheffield archives, and is doing a “walking talk” around the Castle site on March 23rd for 500 Reformations (a University of Sheffield initiative). The link below gives more information. Please note that places are limited places.
Sorry, this has sold out ;(
The University has issued a press release on the work they have been doing on the castle archives. The University’s news story is here
The Star carried the story (with a video created by the Uni’s media team) here
The Yorkshire Post got some things wrong on their article here (a Scottish monarch held in a motte and bailey castle!)
John Moreland did an interview with Nick Kershaw (Radio Sheffield) – you can hear it here at around 1:45 mins to 1:53 mins as part of the Paulette Edwards show.
In the Terminus Tavern, Darnall, there is a glass panel (age unknown) depicting the castle The original pub was demolished in 1910 and replaced by the current building.
The porch retains a mosaic floor with the wording the Old Bradley Well, the original name of both the demolished and newlybuilt pub. The walls of the lobby are covered in tiles from floor to ceiling; there is a row of Art Nouveaux tiles at dado rail level and a frieze of more at the top. The screen with the inner door has lots of stained and leaded panels; the top one features a central panel of Sheffield Castle.
Sourced by Ron Clayton from “Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs” produced by CAMRA, you can download the fascinating PDF here.
A previously unknown rare portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, as she would have looked as she languished in captivity in England some four and a half centuries ago, has been discovered underneath a later painting of a Scottish nobleman.