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.


Our inaugural AGM was attended by around 40 people, who listened to a talk by Mr Simon Ogden (SCC) on the Sheffield Castle investigation by Ed Dennison Archaeological Services. This was followed by election of officers, a general discussion and close. A raffle was held with a number of excellent prizes!

We are indebted to Herman Beck who provided the palatial facilities at no cost.


The Friends Of Sheffield Castle Annual General Meeting

Will be held on Thursday 17th April at 6.30 in the Royal Victoria Hotel/Holiday Inn. We hope you will be able to attend and take part in the discussions.


  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Talk by Mr Simon Ogden (SCC) on the Sheffield Castle investigation by Ed Dennison Archaeological Services
  3. Correspondence and apologies
  4. Officers Reports: Chair / Secretary / Treasurer
  5. Election of Officers and Committee
  6. Any Other Business
  7. Raffle Draw

Please note, standard car parking charges apply on the premises.

A poem about the Castle

The Castle Awakes

There is no sound above me now
I am quite alone
But I cannot feel a sadness
I have a heart of stone
I think my world is changing now
I can feel it in the air
Is someone soon to find me?
Does anyone still care?
You think you know me, what I am
There are paintings, drawings too
But no-one truly knows my tale
Is it fable? Is it true?
I have been mighty in my time
I have lain here many years
I have embraced a Queen within my arms
I have watched her shed her tears
Please come and find me now
I groan, I sigh and settle for the night
It is so dark down here
I long again to see the light
I dream of battles that were fought
Of Victories long ago
I was proud to serve my King
Standing strong against the foe
But then men came, the noise was loud
No safety to be found
I cried out “please help me”
But they razed me to the ground
Maybe my time will come again
To make this city proud
People will flock to visit me
To sing their praises loud
But now I lie here waiting
For you to tell my story
Will you be the one to save me?
To restore my former glory
Come find me now

Pam Courtenay

Castlegate 1972

1972 was the last date that a fragment of the castle remained clearly visible above ground to all passers-by, although for entirely understandable reasons, very few probably appreciated its significance. It can be seen in the lower left of this image, projecting from the collapsing crazy paving lining the slope above the bus shelters on the south side of Castlegate.

Castlegate 1972

Castlegate 1972

Taken from “Re-investigating Sheffield Castle” by Shaun Richardson of Ed Dennison Archaeological Services Ltd