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.
The Friends Of Sheffield Castle Annual General Meeting
Will be held on Thursday 17th April at 6.30 in the Royal Victoria Hotel/Holiday Inn. We hope you will be able to attend and take part in the discussions.
- Welcome from the Chair
- Talk by Mr Simon Ogden (SCC) on the Sheffield Castle investigation by Ed Dennison Archaeological Services
- Correspondence and apologies
- Officers Reports: Chair / Secretary / Treasurer
- Election of Officers and Committee
- Any Other Business
- Raffle Draw
Please note, standard car parking charges apply on the premises.
The Castle Awakes
There is no sound above me now
I am quite alone
But I cannot feel a sadness
I have a heart of stone
I think my world is changing now
I can feel it in the air
Is someone soon to find me?
Does anyone still care?
You think you know me, what I am
There are paintings, drawings too
But no-one truly knows my tale
Is it fable? Is it true?
I have been mighty in my time
I have lain here many years
I have embraced a Queen within my arms
I have watched her shed her tears
Please come and find me now
I groan, I sigh and settle for the night
It is so dark down here
I long again to see the light
I dream of battles that were fought
Of Victories long ago
I was proud to serve my King
Standing strong against the foe
But then men came, the noise was loud
No safety to be found
I cried out “please help me”
But they razed me to the ground
Maybe my time will come again
To make this city proud
People will flock to visit me
To sing their praises loud
But now I lie here waiting
For you to tell my story
Will you be the one to save me?
To restore my former glory
Come find me now
Yorkshire Arts Space are opening artist studios in the former SYPTE offices on Exchange Street.
This is a brilliant move, which preserves an impressive building and encourages arts activity in the Castle area. More information here.
Our very Own Ron Clayton is giving a talk – here’s a flyer from Manor library. For more, click the events link above…
1972 was the last date that a fragment of the castle remained clearly visible above ground to all passers-by, although for entirely understandable reasons, very few probably appreciated its significance. It can be seen in the lower left of this image, projecting from the collapsing crazy paving lining the slope above the bus shelters on the south side of Castlegate.
Taken from “Re-investigating Sheffield Castle” by Shaun Richardson of Ed Dennison Archaeological Services Ltd
Peter Machan’s recent talk brought a respectable 57 people to the opulent surroundings of the Royal Victoria Hotel, demonstrating once again how popular the Castle is to the people of Sheffield. Below a photo of the talk by Marie Gilman.
Monday 7th April 10.30 -11.30 am Manor Library, Ridgeway Road, S12 2S3 -Tel 0114 203 7805.
‘Ron Clayton – A History Of Sheffield Castle – In One Hour’
The Time Travellers visited Bishop’s House recently, where Ken Dash talked about its structure and history as well as some of the curious aspects of the house. This picture of the fire surround, reputedly salvaged from Sheffield Castle at the time of demolition, was taken by Philip Allsworth-Jones.