Castlegate: This is what Sheffielders want done with 'archaeological treasures’ from medieval castle

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Sheffielders overwhelmingly want the remains of the castle to be on show, permanently.

That was the main finding at a public consultation into a £13.5m revamp of the Castlegate site at The Moor Market this week. All that is left of the once-great fortress is foundation stones at two sites, including the former gatehouse. But they are treasured, and came up time and again at the exhibition. In response, officials are working out how it could be done. The concept talks of ‘showcasing to the public’ the ‘major archaeological treasures’ from the medieval castle.

Other proposals include de-culverting The River Sheaf, which runs along the edge of the site, to create a quiet and more nature-focused area. A curvy, central and well-lit route would tackle the height difference without steps. ‘Castlegate Common’, a central green area, would reflect the use of the site as a bowling green in the 1700s and 'many layers of history' including a steelworks, abbatoirs and a Coop store bombed in World War One. It would be used for occasional events. At the bottom of the site, a terrace on top of the ‘wall of Castelgate’ would create ‘dramatic’ views over the River Don and could be used for cafes, business ventures and the occasional street market.

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The project is being paid for by the Levelling Up Fund. A planning application is due in January 2023, with construction starting in summer and finishing in spring 2024. Sheffield City Council's public consultation at The Moor Market lasts until Friday November 11. Comment online at

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