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.
Wednesday the 3rd December 14:00 -15:00 @ Sheffield Cathedral
The Church, the Castle and the Captive Queen – 200 Years of the Shrewsbury Family in Sheffield
by Mary Garner
Admission free but places must be booked by telephone (0114 263 6951) or email janet.ridler@sheffield-cathedral
Monday 3rd November 7-9pm
Manor Lodge Discovery Centre, Manor Lane, Sheffield (map)
Mel Jones – Radio Sheffield’s History Man and authority on Sheffield’s ancient woodlands looks at the function and management of the medieval deer park that adjoined Sheffield Castle.
£4 to Friends Of Manor Lodge – £5 others. Car parking available, book in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 8th September 7.30
Central United Reform Church – Chapel Walk/Norfolk Street (map)
Illustrated Talk by David Templeman – Friends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge. What was the life like of ‘Scotia’s Beauteous Queen’ while in capitivity in Sheffield ? Did she really have an escape tunnel from the Manor Lodge so she could have some ‘after bird’ at the ‘Old Queens Head’? Come along and find out! Pre-booking is required and should be sent to email@example.com
£2 members & concessions, £3 non members. Refreshment facilities are available
Sunday August 10th 12noon
The Old Queens Head
This date will see ‘A True And Exact Relation’ of the Surrender of Sheffield Castle to the Right Honourable Earl of Manchester’s Army of Parliament commanded by Major General Crawford and Col John Bright (late of Carbrook Hall, Sheffield) by Major Thomas Beaumont and Lady Saville on behalf of his Majesty King Charles the First.
Drums will roll, colours will fly and muskets and pikes be shouldered as the Terms of Surrender are proclaimed in this renactment of an event which took place on the 11th August 1644.
March with the Friends of Sheffield Castle – whether ye be for King or Parliament – from the Old Queens Head, Pond Street to the Market Tavern, Exchange Street – at noon on Sunday the 10th of August – returning by 2pm for ale and vittles. Alternatively meet outside the Market Tavern,
Exchange Street to greet the forces of King and Parliament – bring your cameras.
God Save His Majesty!
Admission Free – Further Details From firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday the 23 July 2014 2.30 – 3.30
Ron Clayton of the Friends of Sheffield Castle talks about the Myths and Mysteries of Sheffield Castle.
Admission free but places must be booked by e-mailing email@example.com or telephoning 0114 263 6951.
The University has established a channel within iTunesU to disseminate its audio and video recordings relevant to Sheffield Castle. A video of Dr Glyn Davies’ lecture on the Archaeology of Sheffield Castle, delivered at Weston Park Museum on the 27th May 2014 is now available on Castlegate iTunesU.
Thanks to Glyn for preparing and delivering the lecture, and to Museums Sheffield for permission to record it. Thanks also to the University of Sheffield, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Archives, ARCUS, Friends of Sheffield Castle and the Hunter Society for images, illustrations and drawings used in this video.
Here is the link to the video, whilst free, you will need Itunes to view it.
Calling Local Archaeology and History Groups!
As part of the Festival of Archaeology on 13th July, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust are inviting local history and archaeology groups from around Sheffield and South Yorkshire to book a space in the brand new Learning Centre at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to promote your work.
The spaces are free to book and will be on a first come, first served basis. As this is a Sunday event, you may wish to offer a simple activity for families to do. There are a limited number of spaces, so don’t delay!
The event will be open to the public from 11am until 4.45pm. There is an entry fee to the site of £5 adults, £4 concessions, children under 16 go free.
For all bookings and enquiries about spaces, please contact Rebecca Walton firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is currently undergoing an exciting restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. To find out more visit their website: www.simt.co.uk or follow their “Community at Abbeydale Hamlet” Facebook page.
Short passages like this really help us to build a clearer picture of how the site has changed over the years.
“During demolition of an old cupola furnace in the premises formerly occupied by Messrs R&J Smith Bros, numerous stones of 15th Century workmanship were discovered.
Some of the stones had formed part of traceried windows, in one a piece of old glass remained; others had been coping stones, or jamb stones of windows or doorways. One of these had an iron crook attached to it.
From an archaeological standpoint it is to be regretted that the proposal to cut a road across the site of the old castle was abandoned. Had this suggestion been carried into effect it is probable that some considerable remains would have been found, or even a complete plan of its arrangements laid bare.
The scheme adopted involves the raising of the site rather than as excavation, and so what remains of the castle will be placed still further below the surface, it may be for future generations of archaeologists to discover and explore.”
Extract from Notes & Queries, Hunter Arch. Soc. Transactions Vol 1 p239 published 1918
Supplied by Peter Bayliss
Photo courtesy of Nick
The ARCUS (Archaeological Research and Consultancy at the University of Sheffield) Report 669b(1) was prepared by Michael McCoy and Mark Stenton, with illustrations by Marcus Abbott. It represents perhaps the most in depth assessment of the Castle ruins currently available.
With kind permission of the University, you can now enjoy the report yourselves!