This wonderful image is full of detail. Click for a full-size image. Valerie Bayliss has provided a very good summary of the picture:
“In the first picture, we’re looking here along the Don towards Blonk St bridge. At the foot of the bridge and opposite Victoria Station Road is the Alexandra Opera House [the white building]. The buildings backing onto the river at the right of the image are the Dannemora Steelworks which occupied land in the angle of the Wicker and Blonk Street; run by Seebohm and Dieckstall who changed their name to Arthur Balfour in WW1. What is now the SADACCA building in the Wicker was the offices. The turreted building at the end of the riverside run, in dark grey, is the Clyde Steel Works, a fake medieval battlemented block; one of the medium-sized steel works that remained in the town after the big ones set up on open space in the Don valley. It would be no surprise if the slaughterhouses had been faked up to look like a castle. And – if you look at w00568, s01760 and s01752 in PictureSheffield you will find images that show some crenellations on the slaughterhouses. I think that’s the answer!
Here’s a more recent photo (thanks to Jason Rafferty) from a similar perspective
Belated news of our talks for the Festival Of The Mind festival.:
Mili Rajic from Wessex on the current excavations/latest finds
Dave Clarke from Sheffield Hallam on the tunnels and myths of Sheffield
John Moreland from Sheffield University on the excavations from the 1920’s
All talks were sold out with over 100 attending each one. the event also showcased artefacts from previous digs displayed by Museums Sheffield and Wessex Archaeology also brought some of the finds from the current dig including the ink jar, stone window tracery and the medieval ear scoop! Thanks to Sheffield Hallam Institute of Arts for hosting.
Here’s the final update on the dig, now we wait for the assessment reports!
Searching for something else I came across this recently (as you do) and thought it might be relevant to the castle. It’s from A Descriptive Catalogue of Early Charters relating to lands in and near Sheffield by T.W.Hall. It includes:
“a charter (prior to 1290) confirming a grant from Robert Young of Schefeld to Simon Halday of Schefeld, of one place of land with buildings in the town of Schefeld, which he held of Ralph de Wadesley, as it lay between the toft formerly of Richard Stivel on one side and the toft formerly of Rayner the cobbler on the other and it abutted upon the great road to the castle; and also one place of land, of the courtyard of him [the grantor], as it lay between the toft of the said Simon on one side and the toft formerly of the said Rayner on the other and it abutted at one end on the place of land which he [the grantor] had sold to the said Simon and at the other end on the garden of Matilda daughter of William the tanner and from the garden of the said Matilda extending to a certain curtain wall and thence to the east as far as the embattled wall of the courtyard, once Rayner’s, …” Hall notes that in 1270, Thomas de Furnival obtained from Henry III a charter that provided that he might build and fortify and embattle a castle of stone. Are the curtain wall and embattled wall part of Thomas’ new castle?