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Bishops' House Museum, Sheffield

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Bishops' House is a half-timbered house in the Norton Lees district of the City of Sheffield, England. It was built c. 1500 and is located on the southern tip of Meersbrook Park. It is one of the three surviving timber-framed houses in the city (the others being the Old Queen's Head and Broom Hall).It is known as Bishops' House because it was said to have been built for two brothers, John and Geoffrey Blythe, both of whom became Bishops. There is, however, no evidence that they ever lived in this house—the first known resident being William Blythe, a farmer and scythe manufacturer, who was living here in 1627.Samuel Blyth was the last of the family to live in the house, dying in 1753, after which his sons sold the house to a William Shore. The Blyth family subsequently moved to Birmingham. Notable descendents were Benjamin Blyth, Sir Arthur Blyth and Benjamin Blyth II. The house was subsequently let to a tenant farmer and his labourer, at which point the house was sub-divided into two dwellings.In 1886 ownership passed to the Corporation (Sheffield City Council) and various recreation department employees lived in the house until 1974.It is a Grade II* listed building and has been open as a museum since 1976, following a renovation funded by English Heritage and Sheffield City Council. The Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, managed the building for some years until April 2011, when management of public opening, on behalf of the buildings' owner Sheffield City Council, was conferred to the Friends of Bishops' House. The building is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm. In April 2012 Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust exited from provision of educational visits and the Friends of Bishops' House began opening the house to schools also. The displays in the house have had some recent small changes but are still curated by Museums Sheffield. The Friends of Bishops' House is a registered Charity and Ltd company, run entirely by volunteers. The house contains exhibitions on life in the 16th and 17th centuries with two rooms decorated in Jacobean Style.
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  • A recent visit to Bishops' House proved to be extremely interesting. Coming from Australia one is not able to walk through a house 537 years old. The band of local volunteers are to be congratulated o...  more »
  • This was a nice trip on our local walk, I love the fact there are some parts of History which has not been used to make money from by attracting visitors. as there is no fee to have a look around. rea...  more »
  • Visited with 3 grandchilden aged 9, 7 and 5 and received a warm welcome from the 2 volunteers.Our eldest granddaughter is studying the Tudors and enjoyed reading the information panels. The younger 2 ...  more »
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  • Having great fun playing hide and seek in the house. Dressing up and drawing activities for kids. Try and get here on one of the fayre days to see Knights and traditional crafts.
  • Lovely old Tudor building in a lovely setting, not a lot to see and you soon get round all the rooms and information boards but it's worth a walk around the nearby Meersbrook Park.
  • Interesting museum depicting life in a Tudor house. A bit small but it's free.
  • A real hidden gem. There are not many timber frame buildings left in Sheffield and this is the only one you can really explore. There is as much information as you want to engage with from short display panels to binders full of detail. Dressing up and eye-spy sheets for children.
  • Lovely little park. Went to the Autumn Fayre to see the knights fighting and the kids had a great time.