Sheffield market will be captured in time

Archaeologist Oliver Jessop.
Archaeologist Oliver Jessop.
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Sheffield’s historic Castle Market is set to be captured on camera before it is reduced to rubble when its replacement opens.

Contractors overseeing the market’s demolition have enlisted the help of archaeologist Oliver Jessop to preserve its heritage before the bulldozers roll in next year.

The former Sheffield University lecturer will spend the coming weeks photographing stalls and the surrounding environment, chatting to traders and shoppers.

He will also revisit areas of the market featured in Sheffield Council’s archive, to document changes over the years.

Oliver said: “I only moved to Sheffield 10 years ago, but know how important the market is to the city. My job is to capture it as it stands now and the operation of the place before it is lost.

“Along with the building I’m going to take photos and interview traders. It’s about recognising the cultural significance of the building and its environment. Castle Market has been a part of thousands of people’s lives.”

Castle Market will shut when the £18 million The Moor Market opens next month.