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Castle Market

October 15, 2011

If you fancy a bit of Urbexing (and I do, at some point), but don’t have the guts for it, spend an afternoon, like we did, snooping around Castle Market.

In my mind, from the exterior, Castle Market is something of a monstrosity. A ridiculous hodge-podge of ugly concrete and faded signage, closed walkways and bridges and dingy staircases. Plenty of dark corners bring to mind a place you don’t want to spend much time after dark.

Go inside then, and it’s another world. A bustling labyrinth where even regular visitors like myself struggle to find a) the toilets or b) the way out, it’s pretty clear that Sheffield City Council gave up on this place a long time ago. For every thriving small shop there’s an empty unit or in fact, a whole closed off section. The entire block upstairs from Wilkinsons is completely blocked off, and yet a peek through the window from this upstairs walkway:

Shows all the frontages are still there. This place, though it looks derelict, is right next to a still open hair salon (though one where not one of the appliances looked less than twenty years old).

The ever vibrant ‘SPAG’ – Sheffield Pensioners Action Group, who have been heavily involved in Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance and the Trades Council, have their office up there. The Credit Union next door is now closed, and has moved to Commercial Street. I love their sign, and their motto.

Also dead keen on this sign for Sharon’s. It really is a bit of a time warp. Horlicks, Dripping cake and boiled ham. Yorkshire phrases like ‘pop’ also go down a treat. I’d love to bring one of my American friends here to see if they could decipher it…

I liked this little guy, guarding the ‘nanas.

These figs were lovely and ripe today, and for four for a quid you can’t go wrong! Yum!

There’s a much more comprehensive write up of the market, and lots more pictures too, check out this great article over at ‘Nothing to See Here‘ or the  photos of the same author on Flickr. Edit: For a great review of the food market (brilliant by the way, and MAHOOSIVE pumpkins for just £2.49!), see this great post by Clare Tollick, aka FeastAndGlory.

I’ll be going back soon for more pictures and snooping around.

Rosie @ LS

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2011 8:52 am

    I love castle market it is ridiculously cheap. Do you remember many years ago when there was a life sized monkey on top of one of the stalls and it would swing around its bar and make noise? I was very small but remember it well. Along with the crocodile in what is now t k maxx!

  2. October 16, 2011 12:04 pm

    Youve inspired me to take a look around next time I am in town. xxxx

  3. March 13, 2012 12:43 pm

    Nice. We may be touching upon this subject in an upcoming issue. Castle Market is an interesting place.

  4. June 13, 2012 9:46 pm

    Just found your blog! I’m a Sheffield girl and will be going to Castle market tomorrow, mainly for the haberdashery shop (weirdly excited, she has such a good selection and it’s really good value). Made me laugh seeing the grotty 70s yorkshire vibed signs, totally agree, it reminds me of episodes of Grange Hill in the 80s. It also always reeks of fish, and has lots of ‘unusual’ characters in there, but all this adds to it’s charm lol. I am looking forward to it moving though, because if the premises were nicer and the fish smell went I’d be in there a lot more often and I think it would be a good attraction for the city :)

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