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.
25th August, 1642, the Royal Standard was erected at Nottingham. One of the first acts of open hostility in the neighbourhood of Sheffield was an attack upon the house of Sir Edward Rodes, a zealous Parliamentarian, at Great Houghton. This was made by Captain Grey, a Northumberland gentleman, at the head of 300 dragoons. Instantly the whole of the western part of the wapentake was in arms.
Rotherham Moor was the place of rendezvous. “Though to this worthy knight,” say the Diurnals in an article from York dated September 19, 1642, “it is a sad accident, yet it has put courage into our West Riding, for on a sudden 1,500 men were in arms to take these cavaliers on their march; but they got notice of it, and escaped by night to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. Lord Fairfax, Sir John Savile of Lupset, and Sir William Lister of Thornton-in-Cravenare so moved at this, that it will prove advantageous to that country; for they will have 5,000 men armed in a few days, and have sent to Sir John Hotham for 1,000 foot, one troop of horse, 12 barrels of powder, one ton of match and other necessaries; bein resolved to have satisfaction out of the malignants of the county, or die for it. The suffering these Northumberland rogues to pass through the county hath taught us wit, and it is resolved no more shall come this way”
Sadly our Treasurer Glynis Jones has asked to step down from her role as Treasurer after 5 years, although she will remain on the Committee. Thanks to Glynis for her fantastic support over the years. So we are looking for a new Treasurer! The role is to manage the Friends’ funds, producing the annual accounts and reporting into the Charity Commission. If you are interested please get in touch directly with our Chair. It’s a great way to become involved with the project and not too onerous on your time.
On Wednesday 15th May 2019 the showroom workstation will be hosting an event to launch Sheaf & Porter Rivers Trust, whose vision is to help Sheffield rediscover and regenerate its own urban rivers. The event includes a screening of documentary Lost Rivers, accompanied by a talk from Simon Ogden, Chair of the Sheffield Waterways Strategy Group. The film examines hidden waterways and underground rivers in cities around the world and introduces us to the people dedicated to exploring and restoring them.
Our AGM last night was well attended and thankfully, the “admin” part was kept really short. This gave us lots of time to enjoy a fascinating presentation by Professor John Moreland and to have a creative discussion about how the Castle site could be developed. Thanks to the Royal Victoria Hotel for use of their excellent facilities.
Here’s a wonderful document for you to enjoy, our very own Professor John Moreland and Martin Gorman present the results of archaeological excavations and research at the remains of Sheffield castle in South Yorkshire, an important site in the study of Scottish history due to its status as a long term prison of Mary Queen of Scots
Our thanks to History Scotland for permission to share this.