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.

Sheffield’s Medieval Park – a re-examination of its function

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 info@greenestate.org

Mary, Queen of Scots in Sheffield

Mary Queen of ScotsMonday 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 bigronclayton@hotmail.co.uk

£2 members & concessions, £3 non members. Refreshment facilities are available

The Surrender of Sheffield Castle

queen elizabeth's pocket pistolSunday 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 bigronclayton@hotmail.co.uk

Castle talk available on itunes

itunesThe 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.

The Earl of Shrewsbury’s inventory

George Talbot 1589Peter Bayliss has sent in a copy of the inventory of all the goods belonging to the Earl of Shrewsbury, George Talbot, for the use of Mary when she was his ‘guest’.  Perhaps people would like to explain / guess  / suggest what some of the less familiar items are? Here are a few, follow the link above for the complete listing.Feather bedds, xvii
Fyne matteresses, i
Course matteresses, xiii
Bolsters, xxv
Sheetes, paires, xvii
Blanquetts, xxxiii
Fledges, vi
Fustyeans, vi
Happings, i
Pellett cases, v
Coverletts of yearne, xiiii
Coverletts of lysts, iii
Counterpaynts, ix
Cannabyes, i
Candlesticks, ix
Chamberpotts, viii
Buffet formes, ii
Buffet stoules, viii

Archaeology in Action Day – Sunday 13th July

Calling Local Archaeology and History Groups!

industrial_hamletAs 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 r.walton@simt.co.uk
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.

Notes & Queries

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 Robinson

Photo courtesy of Nick

Report from the University

Archive-ReviewThe 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!