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

We have charitable status!

The Friends are delighted to confirm that we are now officialy a registered charity.  This is great news as it gives us a more professional standing when it comes to working alongside strategic partners and also allows us to open up new ways of raising funding should we need to.  Thank you to those who supported the proposals at the SGM and especially to our Treasurer Glynis Jones who has undertaken all the hard work.

Site activity

Students  marked the approximate outline of the Castle on the ground with black spray paint (with permission). They had positioned a time lapse camera on top of the Metropolitan hotel and then ‘walked the battlements’ around the castle outline. Hence the black ninja uniforms. They also did a ‘re-enactment’ of Mary Queen of Scots at home, with camping chairs, Ikea standard lamp, & her entourage seated on tartan rugs!


Tracy Borman talk – The Tower of London

Saturday September 24 2016
2.30 pm.

The Friends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge are delighted to announce Tracy Borman is coming to talk about “The Tower of London” – who better to talk on this subject than the joint curator of the Royal Palaces?

It will now be held At Hallam Students Union, The Hubs, 6 Paternoster Row,  Sheffield S1 2QQ – facing the Showroom Cinema

This talk will be popular so book early please. Refreshments available.


Castlegate Artwork Launch event

Saturday 9th July 2016



Please join us to celebrate the completion of this new artwork for Castlegate. We’re delighted to have worked with Sheffield City Council and arts collective Glassball on the longest artwork in Sheffield, spanning 175 metres in total it tells the story of one of Sheffield’s most historic sites.

We’re hosting a public event on Saturday 9th July from 12 – 2pm, next to the hoardings on the corner of Waingate & Exchange Street.

At 1pm artist Cora Glaser and archaeologist historian Rachel Askew will be delivering a walking tour of the artwork. Free and open to all. Please join us and collect a specially commissioned Castlegate fridge magnet!  Arts collective Glassball have been working since October last year to create this amazing, rich and multilayered artwork for the hoardings around the Sheffield Castle and former castle markets site. It is full of historic and contemporary detail, interesting facts, fiction and people’s everyday tales of Castlegate.

We think its a true reflection of the care and dedication given to the project by project partners and the artists Cora Glaser & David Ball and their commitment to including the voices of the good people of Sheffield.

Come along and judge for yourself!

Yorkshire Artspace / Friends of Sheffield Castle and client Sheffield City Council

New book – ‘The Story of the Manor and Castle of Medieval Sheffield’

book coverRon Clayton gives his individual review of the above.

Peter Machan has provided Sheffielders with another lavishly illustrated, fact packed yet readable and modestly priced book on the pre Industrial history of his native city. In particular he looks at the castle, lodge, deer park and town of Sheffield itself together with some of its notables. His love of and fascination with the post medieval evolution of the lodge site is self-evident and to be expected from the author.

With anecdotes and contemporary comments a plenty and published by Sharrow Books at the very affordable price of £4.99 with both colour and black and white illustrations it’s been beautifully put together by Mick Liversidge at Pickards. One brief criticism ‘The Story of’ is a title used perhaps too often in books on Sheffield’s history.

machan talk

Peter Machan giving a talk for FOSC

It is also a testimonial and acknowledgement to the work of those few, very few individuals who have long pressed the issue of the castle site and associated issues in the local media and- more recently- certain Friends Groups together with the crucial support of both universities.

One hopes that the City Council can now fine tune its own efforts regarding the castle site because as ‘nature abhors a vacuum’  so too does the Sheffield public a long term hoarded up derelict site in the city centre.

The book can be bought from Sheffield Scene – £4.99.

Ron Clayton