The Star’s Retro History Day showcases Sheffield heritage

The Star held a local history fair at Manor Lodge. Our picture shows Colin Middleton, of the Knights in Battle Medieval Society, dressed as Sir William Hastings.
The Star held a local history fair at Manor Lodge. Our picture shows Colin Middleton, of the Knights in Battle Medieval Society, dressed as Sir William Hastings.

New friendships and community links were built in the sunshine at one of Sheffield’s most important historical sites.

Scores of people from across Sheffield visited Manor Lodge for the first time to visit The Star’s Retro History Fair on Saturday.

The Star held a local history fair at Manor Lodge. Our picture shows Manor Memories project officer Nicola Smith and Reverend Julie Upton.

The Star held a local history fair at Manor Lodge. Our picture shows Manor Memories project officer Nicola Smith and Reverend Julie Upton.

The venue, which once imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, hosted history groups from each corner of the city.

The Turret House was open for everyone to explore and there was a knight in full armour to entertain the children.

People of all ages found out about their city’s past, including when every piece of land between Sheffield Castle – where Castle Market stands now – and Manor Lodge, off Manor Lane, was an enormous deer park.

They also delved into the times when the site housed pottery and was home to a close-knit Manor community.

There were also volunteers groups including Bishops’ House, Sheffield Castle and Sheffield University.

Peter Machan, Manor Lodge visitor manager, said he was delighted to see so many different people and groups enjoying the day.

“We had a wonderful day.

“We have had so many people and so many exhibitors and community groups from all over the city getting together and trying to coordinate Sheffield’s great heritage.

“It was a great chance to celebrate Sheffield’s heritage and having the sunshine made it a great day.”

n Join The Star’s Retro club and find out more about your own family tree at the Sheffield and District Family History Society’s annual fair on Saturday. It takes place in the 1867 Suite at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium, from 10am to 4pm.