Whilst having a clear-out of the cellar, we discovered this amazing killing slab. We had a message from someone who was born on it!
Jim Ghedi is a 6 & 12 string guitarist based on the outskirts of Sheffield. He recently recorded a video inside the House.
We are delighted to announce the publication of the first Bishops' House guidebook. Building upon established research, the book reflects recent discoveries that have brought us closer to a view of how the house looked five hundred years ago, and how it changed with extensions and demolitions over the years.
An up-to-date account is given of the many families who lived at Bishops' House; the Blythes who owned the building in its earliest days, the Roebucks and Shore family and the tenant farmers who lived in it and farmed the land from the eighteenth through to the late nineteenth century.
For anyone interested in Bishops' House, local history, architectural history and Sheffield history, this book should have something of interest. An ideal gift and available to buy at Bishop's House for only £5
The popular ukulele carol strum held at the house last year is this year at a new home... it has been moved to holy trinity church hall, on Grove road, Millhouses. if you enjoyed it at Bishops' House last year please come along to this new venue on Saturday 19th December..
Over the Christmas holidays Bishops' House is hosting an exhibition of children's artwork. There are prizes for each age group (0-7, 8- 11, 12-16) kindly donated by local art supplies shop, Artscene. This is more about taking part than winning anything though, with all children being given the opportunity for their work to be on display for the public to see at Bishops' House.
Autumn is here, but before you huddle up and hibernate, remember to plan a few evenings in at Bishops' House - we have a lot coming up! The star of our events schedule for the last year now has been a series of free historical themed talks. These have gone down very well and our Autumn schedule is bound to meet the same reception. We also have children's halloween crafts and a children's art exhibition too! All free, courtesy of the Friends of Bishops' House and any donations that you can spare on the night!
Below is a preview of our latest events flyer. You can find events listings on our events page too, always a good place to check as this might include updates and new events that didn't make it onto the flyer.
It is with great sadness that we must announce that after a long illness, Friends of Bishops' House Chairman John Brown passed away peacefully last Tuesday morning.
Since its inception five years ago, John had been a mainstay of the Friends, overseeing the development of the organisation to what it is today. For most of his working life John had been an architect with Sheffield Council. During his retirement, Bishops' House became a focus for John's love and knowledge of historical architecture and history.
John was truly a pillar of the local community. In addition to his work with the Friends, John was very active in St Paul's Church, Chair of Norton Lees Residents Association, and leader of Norton Lees Local History group, giving regular, well-attended talks on various facets of our local history. In previous years, John had also been active with St. Paul’s Players (both onstage and as a set designer) and Norton Cricket Club, where he was a spin bowler.
John was always friendly, calm and erudite, providing excellent company to whoever got to know him. He will be sorely missed.
There will be a service at St.Paul's Church, Norton Lees at 9.15am on Saturday 14th March. The family have requested that instead of flowers, any donations to St.Luke’s Hospice may be sent c/o G & M Lunt Funeral Directors, 36 Abbey Lane, Sheffield, S8 0GB
Lloyd Powell, local academic & historian, gave a fascinating talk recently on the history of Sheffield Castle. Speaking for over an hour, without any kind of notes, the packed audience were hugely impressed by the breadth and depth of his knowledge.
As with John Brown's recent talk, the audience was so large we couldn't fit everyone in the room. A good problem, but one we will be considering over the next few weeks. It may be time to introduce some form of ticketing system. In any case, please come early if you want a seat!
We are very sorry to all those who turned up to enjoy John Brown's talk on the history of Norton Lees only to find out there was no space left. The building was packed, with people even sitting outside the room trying to hear.
With all due respect to John, we never anticipated such a turnout and were truly sorry to turn so many people away. Rest assured a follow-up date will be arranged as soon as possible
We are looking for a caterer who can supply cakes, buns, soft drinks etc for both days. You *must* hold a valid hygiene certificate. You may keep all profits but a donation would be appreciated.
It's been two years since Friends of Bishops' House took over management of the Museum! Much has happened over this time - it's quite something, for example, to look over all the events we have staged in that time - all 3 pages of them.. CLICK HERE to peruse!
One abiding character over these two years has been Ken Dash, often to be found busy in the house recording details about the building. Ken has been working with the History sub-committee on the guidebook which we plan to publish soon, but ahead of that, and to celebrate our two years in residence, we have persuaded Ken to write a series of short and pithy articles, sharing some of his findings. We've dedicated a page to 'Ken's Curiosities' - please have a look, and watch it grow over the coming weeks. CLICK HERE