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.

Secrets of the Castle on BBC

If, like me, you are interested in the medieval period and particularly castles, then I can recommend a new television series called ‘Secrets of the Castle’ broadcast on BBC 2 at 9pm on Tuesdays. Based at Guedelon in Burgundy 100 miles south of Paris, the program follows the techniques used in building a 13th century castle covering everything from aspects of everyday life to the finer principles of castle building.

Practical archaeology at its best with only the tools and methods available at the time. You can view yesterday’s programme on iPlayer or for more visit www.guedelon.fr/en/

John Baker

More photos!

The inestimable nightcaller has posted more images from inside the castle. It’s a shame we can not get similar access by lawful means!

Under the Market

Using slightly covert means, someone called “Nightcaller” has been taking photos inside the Markets and found their way under the floors, where these two impressive pieces of the Castle can be seen – this really whets our appetite to see more!!

nightcaller1 nightcaller2

Codnor Castle

Monday November 3rd  7.30
Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, near the Cathedral.

Codnor Castle, strategically placed between Sheffield and Nottingham Castles, is a medieval stronghold you may not have heard of until now. Codnor has much in common with Sheffield Castle – originally probably starting off as a Motte and Bailey and in the C12th transformed into an inner and outer bailey with curtain walls and round towers.

Come along and hear Maureen Taylor talk to the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society about a little known castle still officially a ‘building at risk’.

Admission £3


HLF bid fails

artists impressionYou may have seen in the Sheffield Telegraph and The Star this week, that the Council has been unsuccessful in its bid for funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund, first round. Obviously we are disappointed with this news but the Council remain determined to see the project through to successful conclusion.

We are still awaiting full feedback from HLF but in the meantime, further funding proposals have already been drawn up which would enable the project to be completed, should the funding be secured. The Friends of Sheffield Castle remain committed to being a key player in the Council’s proposals and we will continue to keep you updated with progress.

Demolition of the old Markets building will commence in earnest in January and this will take the rest of next year to complete, so there is still plenty of time to secure the funding required. The remains of the Castle and the associated archaeology remain the key element to this project and we remain positive that we will see a successful outcome.

We are currently working on an Event schedule for next year, so keep checking the website for news of this and other local Events in the City. Thank you for your continued support

Martin Gorman,
Chair of FOSC


Love Square…

love_squareLove Square will be a new type of urban nature park that is colourful, exciting, beautiful and full of interest throughout the year. 

Located at West Bar on the site of a former bus and tram interchange, Love Square is just a few moments walk from Sheffield’s city centre.

Featuring a community café made from a converted shipping container, colourful wildflower meadows, lawns, a mini wetland, and lined with a woodland edge of bird-friendly trees, Love Square will be a colourful community space bringing social and economic benefits to a neglected part of the city.

The project is being coordinated by the University of Sheffield, working closely with Sheffield City Council and a range of local community groups.

Help us to transform a neglected part of Sheffield into a vibrant and innovative community space full of wildflowers and nature – do something inspirational today!  We need your votes to win £120,000 of transformation funding from Grow Wild.  Share your support for the Love Square project, West Bar, Sheffield with your family, friends, contacts and customers.

Vote for Love Square before 4 November 2014



Bishops’ House Medieval Craft Fair

Bishops Hous

Bishops House

Saturday November 22nd & Sunday 23rd 10am – 3.30pm
Bishops House, Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, S8 9BE

FOSC will be running a stall at this hugely popular Medieval event. A craft fair with a difference! Craft stalls for those unusual Christmas gifts and much more besides. the Friends Of Manor Lodge will also be in attendance.

Imaginary Castles

imaginary_castleCastles feature in a project from Sheffield University’s ‘Festival of the Mind‘. This was a collaborative project between ArcHeritage, Lovebytes and the University of Sheffield (Archaeology Department). They worked with schools groups to draw and model aspects of imaginary castle architecture and artefacts, and built them into a 3D digital model which was then animated. A new vision for Sheffield Castle!

The festival is on until 28th September, and the exhibition is open to all, and free to visit, in Castle House.