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.

500 Reformations walk

Gareth Dean from Sheffield University is researching into the Sheffield archives, and is doing a “walking talk” around the Castle site on March 23rd for 500 Reformations (a University of Sheffield initiative). The link below gives more information. Please note that places are limited places.


Sorry, this has sold out ;(

The Castle in the news

From the 1927 excavationsThe University has issued a press release on the work they have been doing on the castle archives. The University’s news story is here

The Star carried the story (with a video created by the Uni’s media team) here

The Yorkshire Post got some things wrong on their article here (a Scottish monarch held in a motte and bailey castle!)

John Moreland did an interview with Nick Kershaw (Radio Sheffield) – you can hear it here at around 1:45 mins to 1:53 mins as part of the Paulette Edwards show.

Glass panel of the castle

In the Terminus Tavern, Darnall, there is a glass panel (age unknown) depicting the castle The original pub was demolished in 1910 and replaced by the current building.

The porch retains a mosaic floor with the wording the Old Bradley Well, the original name of both the demolished and newlybuilt  pub. The walls of the lobby are covered in tiles from floor to ceiling; there is a row of Art Nouveaux tiles at dado rail level and a frieze of more at the top. The screen with the inner door has lots of stained and leaded panels; the top one features a central panel of Sheffield Castle.

Sourced by Ron Clayton from “Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs” produced by CAMRA, you can download the fascinating PDF here.


South Yorkshire Archaeology Day 2017

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day (organised by SYAS) will be held on Saturday 18th November, 10am-4:30pm at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield.

There will be talks on recent archaeological research and fieldwork in South Yorkshire, delivered by academic, commercial and community archaeologists. The afternoon session will include a talk by Gareth Dean, University of Sheffield: The Story of Sheffield Castle: archives, archaeology and interpretation

You can book online at www.archaeologyday2017.eventbrite.co.uk

South Yorkshire Archaeology Service,(SYAS)
Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH. Tel. 0114 273 6428


From the 50s

A great photo showing the bottom of Exchange Street with the top of the megatron roof peeking out, with the Sheaf underneath, looking towards Furnival Road.

A view from the 50s

FOSC at the Sheffield Heritage Fair 2017

Saturday 16 September 2017 at the Millennium Gallery

The Fair is a celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, showcasing the work of key heritage groups from around the city in a weekend-long fair at the Millennium Gallery. FOSC had a stall and met with many interested people.