You can take part in a live virtual guided history walk in Sheffield this weekend

A live virtual guided walk delving into Sheffield’s storied history will be taking place this weekend.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:37 pm
A re-enactment on Wincobank Hill from yesteryear
A re-enactment on Wincobank Hill from yesteryear

Members of the Brigantes of Wincobank Hill will be dressed in full Celtic attire as part of the tour which will delve into the area’s past as an iron hillfort.

It will take place on Saturday, September 19, at 1pm and is part of the wider Heritage Open Days to celebrate the heritage of towns and cities across the country.

Dave Green, secretary of Friends of Wincobank Hill, who will on the hill in full Celtic dress, said: “Due to the Covid situation we have had to rethink our contribution to the Heritage Open Days so this year a virtual event is taking place where you can watch the tour from your own home.

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"For those who want to go up the hill you will be more than welcome but please adhere to social distancing while watching the tour.”

The tour is being led by Danny Allsebrook the vice chair and professional archaeologist of the friends group who is also a member of the Brigantes.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Wincobank Hillfort sits high amidst Ancient Woodland on Wincobank Hill. Given to the city of Sheffield by the Duke of Norfolk in 1905 it is one of the few British hillforts within a city boundary.

"Over the years housing developments have crept nearer and for the past ten years the Friends of Wincobank Hill have joined with local residents and heritage supporters from across the city to fight off fresh attempts to cover up more of the hillside in concrete and brick.

"Two of the last remaining stretches of the probably pre-Roman "Roman Ridge" earthwork run just below the hillfort making a total of three Scheduled Ancient Monuments in close proximity.”

Penny Rea, a FoWH Committee Member, added: “We are very proud of our re-enactment sister group The Brigantes of Wincobank Hill.”

The broadcast can be accessed live on the Facebook Page of Brigantes of Wincobank Hill. A recording will also be available after the event on the same Facebook page and that of Friends of Wincobank Hill. To watch the 1pm tour click here.

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