Glimpse back at popular market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market
Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market
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The Moor Market opened two years ago this month and Retro reader Joseph Easton has brought in these pictures of its much-missed predecessor.

Demolition work was scheduled to finish on the market this month.

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Retro pictures Sheffield Castle Market

Joseph, who lives in the Park area, believes he took these photographs in the late 1980s or early 90s, to test out new camera.

He said: “We always used to shop there as youngsters. I was a regular down there.”

The market, which was built in 1959 to replace the old Norfolk Market Hall, was the final link to 700 years of markets on the land around Sheffield Castle.

Castle Market stood partly on the site of Castle Hill Market, which was built in 1928.

Ruins of the old castle were found during the building work.

Wartime damage to the area resulted in Bailey bridges being put in place to enable Castle Hill to stay open.

The first market charter was granted in 1296 when King Edward I gave permission to Thomas de Furnival, Lord of Sheffield Manor for a weekly Tuesday market.

A market cross stood at the top of what is now Angel Street between 1499 and 1786, marking the spot where farmers’ wives sold eggs, butter and grain from baskets.

There may well have been a market established before that date, though.

The Norfolk Market Hall was built in 1851 on the site of the old Tontine Inn.

Other markets in the area included the Sheaf/Rag and Tag, the Corn Exchange, Castlefoulds, Smithfields meat market, the wholesale fish market and Fitzalan Market, also known as The Shambles.