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Mary Queen of Scots

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 January 2017 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1860

Monday 12th June 2017  7.30pm

A talk by David Templeman on “Mary Queen of Scots – from Sheffield to Fotheringhay – the Final Journey 1584-7"

An Illustrated Talk by David Templeman,

We follow Mary into further seclusion under her new zealous custodian, Sir Amyas Paulet. She is involved in the Babington plot at Chartley Manor and the charge is High Treason.

This talk relates the compelling tale of the events leading up to and including Mary’s trial and execution. Mary’s courage and conduct come to the fore as she takes her tragic story through Wingfield Manor, Tixall and culminating in the climax at Fotheringhay Castle where she is tried and executed for High Treason.

Was she guilty? This is the question this talk addresses.

This is the final installment in the story of one of the great historical figures and all Mary’s qualities come to the fore in this exciting last chapter of her life. Do not miss it!!

Free entry but seats are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment


The Romans at Whirlow and the forgotten frontier

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 January 2017 Nick Robinson
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Monday 8th May 2017

A talk by Clive Waddington.

This talk will describe the unexpected discovery of a complex of Roman sites around the Whirlow area and the archaeological investigations. The findings are then related to the broader context of the Roman invasion of Britain and the re-discovery of an early Roman frontier running right through Sheffield.


Archaeology in Orkney

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 January 2017 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday  26th April

The excavations at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney have made the news and been part of a recent BBC2 documentary. 

Last year, FOBH trustee and virtual Bishops' House inhabitant Ken Dash took part in the dig.  Ken will talk about his time there and what the discoveries there and elsewhere on Orkney are revealing about our ideas of settlement and culture five thousand years ago

Starts 7.30pm - entrance is free but please arrive early to be sure of a seat.


Howlaround + Nick Robinson in concert

Category: Previous Events Published on 19 January 2017 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1946

Friday 24th February 2017

A Sheffield-based outfit consisting of Adam Woolf, John Jasnoch, Damion Wright and Tim Tozer. They play a stream of improvised musical consciousness music that will take you places you have never been to before. The band will play an opening set, then a solo set by Nick, then Howlaround will close the evening with Nick joining their ranks. Here's a recent session with the 5 of them.

Nick Robinson
A former member of Sheffield bands as diverse as Typhoon Saturday, Dig Vis Drill, They Must Be Russians and the Comsat Angels, Nick has for many years offered a range of soundscapes and other looping guitar pieces. Using just the guitar and a laptop, he takes you via the power of improvisation to distant planets. Nick is half of the "Lost Garden" duo, who have a CD "Cotyledon" out now.

Tickets £5 Book here

Owl Light Trio

Category: Previous Events Published on 05 January 2017 Nick Robinson
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27th May 2017

Doors 7:30 for 8:00 start.
Tickets £7 

Click here to buy tickets

We are delighted to announce this rescheduled date for Owl Light Trio

Owl Light Trio are Jim Penny on concertina, Jane Griffiths on fiddle and Colin Fletcher on guitar. All three have deep roots in traditional music and share a passion for tunes from northern Europe, particularly those from Ireland and Brittany, and they draw upon their combined experience and influences to produce spell-binding arrangements. As the instrumental core of Telling the Bees, they have performed at folk festivals throughout the country, among them Sidmouth, Moseley, and Priddy. Jim has toured all over Europe with renowned French dance band Red Dog Green Dog, Jane has played and recorded with numerous artists, including Maddy Prior, and Colin has performed extensively with Nancy Kerr and Tim van Eyken.

David Templeman - Mary Queen of Scots, the Captive Queen

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2017 admin
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Monday 9th January 7.30pm







David Templeman is the local authority on Mary Queen of Scots and in this free talk you can learn not only about her captivity but also of intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts.

Follow Mary on her journey as a captive queen through Castle Bolton, Tutbury, Wingfield Manor, Chatsworth, Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge, Buxton and Worksop Manor. 

David's new book on Mary Queen of Scots will be on sale too.

Entry is free (donations welcome!), but places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Tall Unlikely Tales at Bishops' House

Category: Previous Events Published on 22 November 2016 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1964

Saturday 3rd December 7.30pm and 8.30pm


Join Professor Horace Cope on an alternative tour of the house that wouldn't keep still!


Professor Cope will lead a tour of Bishops' House, exploring its darkest, eeriest corners. Screaming skulls, witches' marks and improbable anecdotes will abound on this deep, dark winter's evening, that's sure to warm the spirits - and the ghosts!



Scary...  children 12 to 16yrs and under to be supervised by adult

Two 45 minute performances, 7.30pm and 8.30pm

Tickets £4, available here

Frostlake / ToPMoB

Category: Previous Events Published on 30 September 2016 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1928

Thursday 10th November 2016 8.00pm

Returning to Bishops House is songstress/instrumentalist  frostlake, with  a selection of songs from her latest release White Moon, Black Moon* and new pieces, accompanied by guitar, laptop and bassist Terry Todd. Her music is atmospheric, distinctive soundscapes awash with haunting melodies, layered vocals and percussive sounds, an other-worldliness akin to this unusual venue. 

"if your tastes cover the gamut, and on this case the convergence of Folk-Prog-Psych-Space/Ambient you'll find much to enjoy and discover over repeated listens to White Moon, Black Moon"
Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations

"one of the more unique psych-folk releases of the year"
Aaron Texeira, Boston Hassle

frostlake is also a core member of the improvising rock group Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere (OUA 2) and has appeared live and on CDs with Meson (5C4L3 ) and Lost Garden (Cotyledon)

As support, making their debut at Bishops House, is ToPMoB, a quartet of well-pedigreed musicians: Terry Todd- bass, Andy Peake-keys/synth, Nigel Manning- sax/flute, Paul Bray- drums.Expect a set combining an eclectic mix of musical offerings from around the world.

Their own compositions/live improvs can be found on YouTube as TPMB

The event finishes at 10.00pm

Cost £5.00

Book here

Heritage Open Days guided tours 10th, 11th Sept

Category: Previous Events Published on 10 September 2016 admin
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Friends of Bishops' House will be running guided tours as part of the Heritage Open Days initiative - two tours each day on Saturday 10th Sept and Sunday 11th Sept.  The tours will be at 11.30am and 2.30pm on each day and will last roughly 30 to 40 minutes.

Creepy Craft Day

Category: Previous Events Published on 01 September 2016 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1921

Saturday 29th October
10.30 - 3.00

Join us for a frightfully fun family event in  the spooky surroundings of Bishops' House! Make a creepy craft,  explore our new handling collection or strike your  scariest pose in one of our Tudor costumes. Children (or big  kids!) in Halloween costume are highly encouraged! 

Helmut Lemke / John Jasnoch / Neil Carver

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 August 2016 Nick Robinson
Hits: 1899

Friday 16th September 2016

This concert offers a unique opportunity to see three hugely experienced improvising musicians in an intimate setting in a variety of combinations. The music promises to be delicate, explosive, melodic and highly interactive as well as presenting a unique spectacle; a treat for ears and eyes.

Helmut Lemke: Long strings
John Jasnoch: 'ud, banjo, ukulele
Neil Carver: Acoustic guitar, percussion, water, pipes.

German sound artist Helmut Lemke moved to the UK in 1996. He has worked everywhere from the frozen seas round Greenland, to a palace in Venice. Along the way he has collaborated with dancers, scientists, architects, poets and archaeologists. He has taught at art academies & universities in Germany, France, England and Finland. In this trio he will deploy his unique arrangement of ‘long-strings’ that will use any free space in the room. The strings can be plucked and bowed and can resonate with both delicacy and violence. He has played in successful and longstanding duos with both John and Neil.

Over the last 35 years John Jasnoch has established a niche as a multiple plucked string instrument specialist (guitars, banjos, ‘ud, mandolin, etc.)At home with both Country and Western and improvisation John has been said by reviewers to be the missing link between Joe Morris and Bill Frisell. He has played in a huge variety of groupings with musicians from around the world, been invited to play at legendary guitarist Derek Bailey’s Company week, and toured several times with American Jazz sax. star Sonny Simmons as well as with vocalist Linda Sharrock.

Neil Carver has lurked in the Sheffield music scene for some 30 years, sometimes producing sonic landscapes the BBC described as ‘beguilingly strange and strangely beguiling,’ at other times settling for guitar mayhem. In this trio he will be using semi tuned shells as percussion and exploiting the musical possibilities of using playing instruments in water. His acoustic guitar will receive conventional treatment.

Cost £4.00

Bishops’ House Autumn Fayre

Category: Previous Events Published on 28 July 2016 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 8th October 2016 10am – 5pm
Sunday 9th October 2016 10am – 4pm

Bishops’ House are hosting an Autumn Fayre with a medieval twist. Join us for a fun weekend of craft stalls, music, dancing, refreshments, children’s entertainment, knights fighting and much more! The Knights in Battle re-enactment group will be in battle around 11am & 3pm on Saturday and 11:15am & 2pm on Sunday. £1.50 per adult/children free (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Timetable of events:

Saturday 8th October
11:00 Knights in Battle in Battle! (
14:00 Dronfield Handbell Ringers (
15:00 Knights in Battle in Battle!
16:00 Sheffield Bagpipers

All Day Knights in Battle will be in the house to talk about their armour, weapons and to bring medieval history to life.
All Day Derek Taylor – Lute player

Sunday 9th October
10:30 Peasants Revolt (
11:15 Knights in Battle in Battle! (
12:15 Boggart’s Breakfast (
13:15 The Beekeepers (
13:45 Boggart’s Breakfast (
Knights in Battle in Battle! (
14:45 The Beekeepers (
15:30 Carfield Choir (

All Day Knights in Battle will be in the house to talk about their armour, weapons and to bring medieval history to life.

All timings are approximate and subject to change. 


Wood Turning
Robert Nicholson ( is a green woodworker specialising in pole lathe turned bowls, hand carved spoons and dough troughs. Come and see him demonstrating wood turning using a traditional pole lathe and purchase some of his work.

Hand Weaving
Ruth Gilbert ( is a weaver and textile historian, specialising in cloth for clothing, curtains and furnishings. She will be demonstrating spinning and weaving over the weekend and her work will be available to purchase.

Stained Glass
Billigoat Designs ( specialises in stained glass tuition and the manufacture of leaded glass panels, copperfoil work and glass based jewellery. Come and see Kate in action making stained glass items over the weekend.

Poterie Des Pommiers ( produce handmade stoneware pottery on a traditional potters wheel. See Mark throwing some pots and purchase some of his work.




Knights in Battle
The Knights in Battle medieval society specialise in bringing medieval history to life. See them in action as they battle with swords and shields, and listen to them talk about their armour, weapons, and what life was like in medieval times.

Dronfield Handbell Ringers
The handbell ringers from Dronfield will be playing a selection of music to fill the house with uplifting sound.

Peasants Revolt
Wandering minstrels bring medieval music to life. Peasants Revolt is a re-enactment group playing period music on hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, drum and fiddle.

Boggart’s Breakfast
The Sheffield based Border Morris side known for their energy, precision and troublemaking skills.

The Beekeepers
The Beekeepers chamber folk group play traditional tunes in harmony, with a mellow feel.

Carfield Choir
Meersbrook’s favourite local choir, whose repertoire ranges from Latin chants to Adele songs.

Facepainting and glitter tattoos!

Craft Stalls:

We will have an array of craft stalls, including:

Wood turned bowls, hand carved spoons and dough troughs by Robert Nicholson (

Hand-woven clothing and textiles by Ruth Gilbert (

Handmade stoneware pottery by Poterie Des Pommiers (

Historical jewellery by Runesmith (

Fruit wines by Fermental (

Polly Parrot Earrings & Scarves (

Elizabeth May Jewels (

Beautiful glass and pebble pictures by Idris Crafts ( .

Greetings cards from myfavouritethings (

Food and Drink

There will be delicious food available throughout the day from the Dronfield Barn caterers. The Golden Grail Tavern will be selling traditional drinks from the Middle Ages, including orchard wines, mead and ale.


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