RETRO: Sheffield’s Castle Market in pictures

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market
Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market
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It is one of the most fondly remembered sites of Sheffield’s history.

First constructed in 1928 the building housing Castle Market would go on to become one of the most popular in the city.

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

The old market became a magnet for decades, the shouts of traders booming around its walls and the smell of fresh fish and meat standing out among the colourful sights and sounds.

The site thrived for many decades, attracting shoppers from all over Sheffield looking for a bargain.

The market was still going strong as recently as 2013, when it made way for the relocated Moor Market site as part of Sheffield Council plans to move the focus of retail on to The Moor and redevelop the area around Castle Market.

But the history of markets in the city stretches back as far as the 1200s.

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

The first markets began in 1296 after a royal charter from King Edward I - although there is a suggestion that an even earlier one may have existed.

One of the market’s predecessors, Fitzalan Market, was built on the site of the old medieval market cross in 1786 at a cost of about £4,000, and contained 40 shops and 36 stalls, standing for 144 years before demolition.

Sadly, Castle Market could not last that long, despite it standing on some remains of the original Sheffield Castle, hence the name.

The plan is to redevelop the area, drawing on its history.

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

The Moor Market, part of multi-million pound redevelopments that include a new Primark and a new cinema, has not been without its controversy.

It has drawn criticism for its location and initially struggled to have an impact.

But its future prospects are hopefully good as the area is set to undergo much regeneration. For many Sheffielders, though, Castle Market will remain their defining market memory - and it will live on in our hearts for many decades to come.

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market