Artist and MP explore ruins of Sheffield’s former castle

Joe Scarborough, Paul Blomfield and Friends of Sheffield Castle secretary'Marie Gilman at the ruins
Joe Scarborough, Paul Blomfield and Friends of Sheffield Castle secretary'Marie Gilman at the ruins
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An artist and politician were given a rare glimpse of Sheffield’s past - after being taken on a trip back in time by history enthusiasts.

Friends of Sheffield Castle organised a visit to the remains of the former fortress by Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield and artist Joe Scarborough.

How it could have looked: Sheffield Castle as drawn by artist Martin Davenport

How it could have looked: Sheffield Castle as drawn by artist Martin Davenport

The old castle dated back to the middle ages but was demolished by Parliamentary ‘roundhead’ forces in the English Civil War after being used as a Royalist stronghold.

Nick Robinson, of Friends of Sheffield Castle, said: “The visit for Joe and Paul was organised because both are very interested in the redevelopment of the area.

“Both share a deep love for Sheffield and a desire to help see it rise from the current recession and once again take its rightful place as one of the foremost cities in England.

“Sheffield, of course, has a long heritage of steel, but both men agreed that if the castle is excavated carefully and systematically, the resulting finds could give Sheffield a far longer, richer history and allow us to benefit from the boom in tourism the ruins could give us as well as restoring civic pride.”

The pair were guided around the ruins by Friends of Sheffield Castle members Lloyd Powell and Marie Gilman and the group’s chairman, Ron Clayton.

Sheffield Council plans to have the site excavated once the markets are moved to The Moor in November.