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When was Bishops' House built?

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Bishops' House hit the headlines of the local press last weekend.    "Bishops' House?..  Think again.. " the headline challenged.   It may be a little disturbing to some readers to discover that Bishops' House never belonged to, or was lived in by, bishops.  It's something we have long suspected, but have never been able to say with complete certainty, because until this year we have never been completely sure how old the house is.  That has all changed with the results from tree ring dating ( known as dendrochronology) study conducted earlier this year.


September and October events flyer

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Head over to our events page for full details,  but you can download our flyer for September and October events, with links to ticket booking, here.

Killing slab found

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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 films at Bishops' House

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Jim Ghedi is a 6 & 12 string guitarist based on the outskirts of Sheffield. He recently recorded a video inside the House.



Bishops' House guidebook

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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 "ukulele carol strum" moves

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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..

Children's Christmas Art Exhibition

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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.  

Here's our poster - if you need any more information, please get in touch:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Autumn Events

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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.



John Brown

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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

Another popular talk

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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!

Exposed magazine film at the House

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Sheffield multimedia magazine Exposed recorded a session by Emily Jane Stancer and Ben Stubbs (from The Ratells) last night. The ambience of the upstairs room was perfect for what they wanted. We'll share the video when it is complete.

John Brown talk oversubscribed

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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

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