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.
During the months of September and October 2018 I had the great pleasure to take part as a volunteer in the nine week Sheffield Castle archaeological excavation carried out by Wessex Archaeology North, based in Sheffield.
During my time on site as a volunteer I was allowed to take photographs of the excavation and the volunteers at work. By the end of the dig I had taken over 3,000 photographs which documents the progress of the archaeological excavation trench by trench. Within the pages of my book is a very small selection of the photos that I took.
I hope that these photographs will be a useful resource for anyone interested in Sheffield’s history and archaeology and also a visual record of the 2018 Sheffield Castle archaeological excavation.
The book is 8″ wide x 10″ high x 1.25″ thick. It contains 454 pages with over 500 colour photographs and is available as a Hardback book here and also as a Softback book here.
Monday November 11th, 7.30pm
Ashley Tuck from Wessex Archaeology will evaluate Sheffield Castle, sharing the results of the recent dig. In the wake of the demolition of Sheffield Castle, archaeologists have had the first ever chance to undertake a systematic investigation of Sheffield Castle. This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.
Some information about this wonderful event here
Enjoy this from the team who ran the recent exploration! This is the first report from Wessex about the excavations last year. There are more tests and results due to come in and the final report will be out around Feb next year. Hopefully you will find this of interest, in particular the report on the findings of each trench. Have we found the first castle?!
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.
You’ll enjoy this fascinating article by Ashley Tuck!
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!
One of the girls in the group, Ana, also found a great page about castles
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”
An entertaining musical interpretation of the Siege of Sheffield Castle. Told as cook Liz and under-steward Thomas try valiantly to hold the Castle walls!
Sunday August 18th at 2pm in Old Queens Head pub.
Pay-What-You-Feel. Proceeds to Friends of Sheffield Castle