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Sheffield Castle was a castle in Sheffield, England, constructed at the confluence of the River Sheaf and the River Don, possibly on the site of a former Anglo-Saxon long house, and dominating the early town. A motte and bailey castle had been constructed on the site at some time in the century following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This was destroyed in the Second Barons’ War. Construction of a second castle, this time in stone, began four years later in 1270.

Castle Site Timeline


Domesday Book records Earl Waltheof, (Anglo-Saxon) Lord of Hallamshire, having a hall, believed to be on the site of the later castle

c. 1120

William de Lovetot (a Norman) becomes Lord of Hallamshire and is believed to have built a castle


First reference to ‘Castellum de Seldfeld’ (Sheffield Castle)


Sheffield Castle destroyed by supporters of Simon de Montfort’s rebellion


The charter was given for Thomas De Furnival to ‘crenellate’ the caste which was then completed in 1270


A ‘Great Tower’ was recorded at the site, also a Great Tower, Great Gate, a bakehouse, kitchen, prison and ‘a hospiteum’


Ownership passed from the De Furnivals to the Nevilles and then to John Talbot, renowned figure of the Hundred Years War

15th cent

Sheffield manor court rolls record expenditure on repairs to the castle


Mary Queen of Scots arrives a prisoner at the Castle and stays for 14 years


Inventory of household goods of George, Earl of Shrewsbury, describes the castle and its contents


Inventory of armour in the castle


John Harrison’s survey gives a precise description of the castle


Sir John Gell’s Parliamentary forces occupy the castle


Royalist forces retake the castle


Following heavy bombardment the Royalist forces surrender


House of Commons resolves to make the castle untenable


House of Commons resolves to demolish the castle


Castle demolished (although parts of the footprint of the castle remains)


Ralph Gosling’s map of Sheffield depicts a walled bowling green on the castle site


The site becomes developed with small steel and tool works, cementation furnaces and slaughter houses on both the north and east sides

1927 – 1930

Castle Markets excavated


In her role as Keeper of Antiquities at Sheffield City Museum, Pauline Beswick records exposed features of the castle on the north facing slope


South Yorkshire Archaeology Service undertake a structural survey of the remains


ARCUS (Archaeological Research and Consultancy University of Sheffield) undertook a substantial body of evaluation work on site, including several trenches revealing remains of the castle and moat in the north and east of the site


Evaluation trenching undertaken by Wessex Archaeology

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