Review of Mary Queen of Scots by David Templeman

mary_coverDavid’s book is surely the last word on Mary in Sheffield. It is of particular interest to a “Sheffielder” and no doubt elsewhere. Its title refers to a former Sheffield public house and fifteen of its twenty one chapters refer to Sheffield.

It will be of great interest to Sheffield Castle ‘fans’ (for want of a better word) because it quantifies the extent and periods where she was held in the Castle as well as the Manor Lodge. It puts flesh on Earl George and Bess and provides insights and anecdotes about the long and eventually stifling captivity of this ultimately tragic Queen.

Well illustrated, it has taken almost as long to research and write as Mary’s sojourn in Sheffield. Available from Sheffield Scene and David himself (

Ron Clayton

Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor Lodge – Myths, Misconceptions and Mysteries

ronWednesday 16th November 2016 7:30

At Bishops’ House

‘Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor Lodge – Myths, Misconceptions and Mysteries. An Inside View’ by Ron Clayton. “Much Stuff and Nonsense is going the rounds regarding our yet to be unearthed castle – like Sheffield’s lost structure – it’s time the myths and misconceptions shared the same fate – demolition.”

Entry free, but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

We have a Patron!

The Friends of Sheffield Castle are happy to announce that Sir Tony Robinson has put his support behind the Friends’ group and he is enrolled as the first Patron of our charity. We look forward to realising our ambitions for the castle site with the help of one of his ‘cunning plans!’ Sir Tony agreed to be a patron of the charity after delivering his talk at the Crucible as part of the ‘Off the Shelf’ festival.


Dr Clive Waddington, Claire Campbell, Sir Tony Robinson, Dave Keyworth and Martin Gorman (Chairman of FOSC)


Here’s a link to the interview that Martin and Ron did on Sheffield Live TV last week. Sheffield’s own Laurel and Hardy!! It’s in 2 parts, when you load the first part, the second part is available via the back arrow.  It lasts about 45 minutes in total, we would welcome any feedback…

Clifford’s Tower development

The City of York Council has voted for the go ahead of the new English Heritage visitor centre attached to 750 year old Clifford’s Tower mound. Many people believe this is a huge mistake and that the majority of York residents would not support the appalling act of vandalism of this truly iconic historic structure.

You can sign a peitition here if you agree.

Save A Level Archaeology

Whilst we are an apolitical group, the committee of FOSC are unanimous in our objections to the plans to scrap A Level Archaeology. Tony Robinson (of Time Team fame) says it appears to be a purely financial decision; “They are minority A-Levels and AQA gets paid per student. I can see no other justification whatsoever,”  Robinson has launched a petition, which you can sign here.

Latest from Friends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge:

mary_coverTwo launch events for David Templeman’s new book:

“Mary, Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England 1568-87”

Illustrated Talks by David Templeman plus book launch and book signing, presenting the big story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ 14 years of captivity in Sheffield, with David’s newly-researched evidence that has been included in his very recently-published book.

Saturday 5 November 2016 – 2.00 pm – Central United Reformed Church

David’s Illustrated Talk, with 2 Pipers from the Sheffield Pipe Band and re-enactors presenting two 5-minute plays and a monologue. Refreshments available. This is the final event in the 2016 “Off the Shelf” programme: BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) – book with the City Hall Box Office on 0114 223 3777 or in person (specifying “Off the Shelf” plus date and name of event). At busy times calls may be transferred to SIV (Sheffield International Venues).

Monday 7 November 2016 – 7.00 pm – Manor Lodge Discovery Centre

(a “Green Estate” First Monday Lecture). David’s Illustrated Talk – same format as 5 November but without Pipers. Refreshments available. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tickets £6 (£5 FoSML members) – book with “Green Estate” on 0114 276 2828 ext 648 or  or

Book sales (£9.99) and signing at both events

All proceeds to the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge

Mary, Queen of Scots in captivity

David Templeman has supplied an image of the painting of Mary, Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle by John Calcott Horsley in 1871. It is the only one depicting her in Sheffield Castle. Note how they are all clustered together and the bars on the windows. They had been reduced to 16 in total with only a couple of rooms to be occupied.

Mary in captivity