Edible archaeology is apparently becoming very popular. Linda Williamson, a member of local amateur archaeology group ‘The Time Travellers’, created a detailed model of the castle, constructed of sponge cake with gingerbread
and icing buildings – delicious!
Sadly for posterity, the subsequent demolition by members at their seasonal celebration of the shortest day, proved greater than that achieved by the parliamentarians at the end of the civil war… crumbs!
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 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.
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.
A previously unknown rare portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, as she would have looked as she languished in captivity in England some four and a half centuries ago, has been discovered underneath a later painting of a Scottish nobleman.
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
The Manor Lodge Players are performing the story of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield at 7 pm on Friday October 20th at Waterstones Orchard Square Sheffield. Tickets are £3.00 to include a glass of wine. Performance finishes no later than 8.30pm. tickets from Waterstones store itself or online
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