Does castle really have national significance?

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I don’t know how many Star readers will have come across the document that was commissioned by ex-Councillor Arthur Dunworth and the Remains of Sheffield Castle Working Group (sic) entitled Discovering Sheffield’s Lost Castle.

This purports to be an objective assessment of what is left of Sheffield Castle and a prospectus for excavating and presenting its remains.

The first page of its executive summary includes the following passage: “The importance of Sheffield Castle has remained a secret for too long and few people outside a small academic circle are in a position to appreciate the national significance of this place and the people and events associated with it”.

I’m sure that, like me, most Sheffielders will be intrigued as to why only this “small academic circle” can appreciate the Castle’s historical significance.

We all know about the Talbots and Mary, Queen of Scots, but apart from their connections with the Castle does it really have a “national significance”?

Now John Brown writes, on similar lines to the authors of the Prospectus, that Sheffield Castle has been “part of some of the great events in our country’s history”.

Would John care to expand on what these “events” were? My history books don’t appear to acknowledge them.

Paul Kenny