ver the next three years Heeley Farm will work with Tinsley Junior School, Wessex Archaeology, community organisations and local volunteers to investigate the fascinating history of the Tinsely Manor House, possibly buried underneath the school field. The project will be based at Tinsley Junior School where the whole school will work with professional archaeologists and artists to discover and interpret the history of the Manor House itself
There will also be a strong community element as the project will train local volunteers to research the Manor and its environs, as well as its place within the history of the wider area.
The Manor House was built in the 11th or 12th century, it was the residence of the local lords and surrounded by a park and woods covering 413 acres. The Manor was rebuilt in the 14th or 15th Century, possibly by the de Tyneslaw family. Tinsley was an important part of the 18th and 19th century industrialisation of Sheffield. As a result the area became heavily populated and soon needed more public services. In the early 1960’s the old Manor house, which by this time had become a farm, was demolished to enable the construction of Tinsley Junior School. This event within living memory will be the basis of the oral history aspect of the project.
Nothing of the Manor House survives above ground so the project will begin with opportunities for archival research and geophysical survey to map the underground remains in preparation for small scale excavation later in the year.
The project will be officially launched at an event at Tinsley Junior School on Monday the 11th of February. If you would like to attend this free short event please RSVP before the 8th of February.
The launch is just the beginning of this exciting new project; there will be lots of opportunities to get involved as the project progresses.
If you would like to attend the launch or would like to get involved in any way – especially if you remember the farm buildings! If you would like to meet the project team or would just like to know more about the project please get in touch.
Exploring Tinsley Manor
Heeley City Farm
Sheffield S2 3DT