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.
There will be a free public talk about Sheffield Castle by FOSC member Lloyd Powell (noted for his fascinating and entertaining talks!)
It will be held on Saturday 30th November 8pm at the Queen’s Head public house, Pond Street, Sheffield. All are invited, but seated capacity is around 30, so come early!
The talk is being given as part of the Queen’s Head’s History Evening.
Here’s a picture from Anna Badcock’s well-attended talk about the history of Castle Market.
This great photo (courtesy of English Heritage) clearly shows the layout of the Market area in 1933. You can see how the castle would have fitted into the landscape.
On the eve of the major relocation to the Moor, join Anna Badcock to find out more about a special project celebrating the history of Sheffield’s Castle Market.
The project, which has been taking place throughout the 12 months prior to the move to a brand new building in November 2013, celebrates the diverse social history and culture of the market, through archive research, photography, oral history, poetry, drawing and survey workshops.
There will be reference to the Castle, but it’s not the main subject of the talk.
Tuesday 12 November 2013 1:00pm – 1:45pm @Weston Park Museum
The launch we held last night at the Royal Victoria Hotel exceeded our wildest dreams! Nearly 200 citizens of Sheffield attended and the buzz in the room was tangible. Ron Clayton and Clive Waddington gave a brief introduction before Lloyd Powell gave a fascinating 30 minute talk about the history of the castle. The audience were so impressed they made him do it again at the end of the evening!
Visitors enjoyed wine and nibble courtesy of the wonderful Hermann Beck (who also supplied the venue free of charge). There was a display of castle artefacts, banners from Manor Lodge, historical books and magazines, a table running the FOSC website, a membership table and much more.
The audience were uniformly enthusiastic and many joined the group, as well as offering their thoughts on how we can progress. With the ruins yet to be unearthed, events like this are a great way to spread the word. We wish to thank everyone who was involved.
This image of clay pipes is from “An Account of Discoveries made during excavations on the site from 1927 to 1929, by A. Leslie Armstrong F.S.A., F.S.I.” More to follow!
Here’s a poster with more details of our launch. We hope to meet you there!
From Museums Sheffield’s new brochure – we’re sure you’ll want to visit this!
9 Nov 2013–5 May 2014
Sheffield’s Castle Market is relocating to the Moor and interest is growing in the remains of the medieval castle which lie beneath the existing, 1960’s-built market. This display features objects
and images from excavations of the site carried out in the early 20th century by Albert Leslie
Armstrong and Leslie Butcher.
We’re having an official launch at the Royal Victoria Hotel on Monday 4th November from 5.00pm to 7.30pm. We hope you will all be able to attend. More details to follow soon!
Ken Dash sent in this scan from the Sheffield Trade Directory for 1868 – interesting! If you have anything similar, please share it.