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has Judd Newton of Creswell (Nov 18) ever had a decent education?

As far as I am concerned Tudors and Stuarts were always on the school syllabus in some shape or form.

Sheffield has not made enough of its proud heritage from that time. Sheffield Castle was, and still is, one of the most important castles in the history of England and Scotland.

Only the foundations may remain but our heritage and cityscape evolved around it. Where does Judd Newton think the names Manor, Deer Park and Manor Lodge (to name but a few) came from?

Sheffield Castle was huge and imposing, surrounded by rivers. Mary, Queen of Scots spent most of her life there, moving to Manor Lodge when the castle had to be cleansed. To unearth it is so exciting and is what most true Sheffielders want.

We should excavate and declare the area a true landmark.

A true Sheffield citizen

Sheffield Castle was not razed because the people ran away but because a royalist garrison held out briefly against Parliamentary forces in August, 1644.

That’s why it was slighted. It’s indicative of the way our modern day Sheffield ‘levellers’ have scorned part of our core heritage. Is it any wonder some of us despair about our city?

Ron Clayton, S6

I AM pleased to say I am one of Judd Newton’s ‘stone sniffers’ and would like to correct him on certain points.

His ‘very limited if non-existent piece of wall’ is reliably estimated to be 75-80% of the whole castle remains. When he refers to ‘a pile of quite useless rubble’ surely that can be applied to most of ruined castles due to Cromwell’s desecration of our heritage. That term could be applied to Stonehenge!

He says ‘the trading heart of our city was there before any castle’. There has been a castle on the site since the Normans came in the late 11th century. Sheffield market licence was granted in the late 13th century.

David Templeman, Dronfield