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.
We are delighted to announce that the only visible remains of the Castle will be able to be viewed as part of the Heritage Open Days weekends in September. These remains are contained in a secure underground room on the site and will be able to be seen for the first time for many years.
Please note that places will be limited and the only way you can book for the visits will be through an on line booking system, directly from the Heritage Open Day website.
The booking system is now live and the link to the page is here…..
We are delighted to say that Wessex Archaeology will be with us on each day and they hope to bring some of the finds from last year’s excavations.
We received a lovely email from Cathryn Weaver from the Baker County Kids’ Book Club, Oregon USA. Her email said………
I wanted to send you a positive email about the Friends of Sheffield Castle’s webpage. I volunteer with a children’s reading group at my library and we’re currently reading a book called Castle Diary out loud together. The kids have gotten so interested in the castles, so we have been referencing your page when we need to look up some interesting facts. I wanted to say thanks for sharing from all of us!
Can you include this on your page? She said it was one we hadn’t found off your page so she wanted to let you know it existed. I agreed to share it with you since I figured others visiting your page would find it useful too.
Thanks for getting in touch Cathryn and well done to Ana for finding the new page on castles!!
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.