EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Last look inside Sheffield’s Castle Market before demolition

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The first thing you sense is the eerie silence.

Where once market traders sold their wares and customers bargained over their baskets, there are now only shells of stores, discarded boxes and memories.

Castle Market before demolition

Castle Market before demolition

Clocks stand still, frozen in time forever. Everything is cold, dusty or greasy to touch.

Goods - from fake hair to packets of seasoning, shrivelled bananas and Christmas decorations – languish on the shelves or the floor.

The market’s decommissioned lift slumps at the end of its ropes, a service corridor is in absolute darkness.

And the last farewell messages from traders, scrawled on the walls of the stalls where they worked, are a stark reminder that this was once a bustling corner of Sheffield.

This is the last glimpse inside the closed Castle Market in Sheffield.

The Star was given exclusive access to the historic building, which closed last November as the new Moor Market opened, to capture its final days before it is knocked down in the end of an era.

Only a handful of people, apart from staff working with contractors Kier Asset Management, have been inside since the doors closed for good.

Photographers and artists have visited to record the building’s notable features, including its wooden banisters and historic tiles.

Charities have also taken some items, such as mannequins, for their stores - although a red Santa sledge was too big to remove and sits near the entrance.

The odd mouse has been seen and a bizarre request to hold a zombie event there was turned down for health and safety reasons.

Gary Wright, project manager for Kier, said many unusual items had been left behind in the market.

“When we took control of the site there were boxes of Christmas decorations, greeting cards, a vast amount of keys and even fruit and vegetables left behind,” he said.

“If you go into the old meat and fish market, you can still smell meat and fish.

“People who have visited the market since its closure, if they knew the market before, can’t believe it is like time has stood still, because large parts of the inside remain unchanged.”

See The Star tomorrow for the full story and exclusive photographs.