Living history not rubble

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The stone sniffers have once again again raised there heads above the 80 per cent battlements that supposedly remain of Sheffield Castle.

David Templeman who says he is an expert on what is buried underneath the Castle Market (The Star, December 30) would be surprised to know that when I was digging down there in the late 1950s the only thing we found was clay and rock.

Perhaps the 80 per cent remains (his figure) are deeper down. If so they will be below the level of the Sheaf and Don rivers and the medieval architects were much more up to date in technology than we had previously envisaged and today’s designers will have much to learn.

The traditional market area is the most historical remaining living working area of Sheffield and should remain as such! Everyday living history and not a pile of rubble.

Judd Newton

The Star (December 30) included both a news report on how the remains of Sheffield Castle might form the centrepiece of a proposed Castle Park and a letter from David Templeman, also on the subject of the Castle remains.

A council spokesman is cautious about what excavations might reveal of the castle.

By contrast, Templeman claims that, if Castle Market were to be demolished, we would be able to see 75-80 per cent of the ruins.

Like most of those who want to expose the Castle remains, he has absolutely no evidence to support this claim; any more than he has for his claim that Sheffield Castle is a ‘very important part of English and European History’.

If he is, as he purports to be, a Tudor historian, he should be able to provide citations to back up his assertion.

Manor Lodge, of which he says he is a guide, certainly can claim a significant role in our history (it would have been even greater if Mary, Queen of Scots had been executed there, rather than at Fotheringhay) but I’m not aware that it attracts many visitors, even from Sheffield, let alone elsewhere.

Paul Kenny S3