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SHEAF MARKET

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Park Square Roundabout

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Sheaf Markets located on Park Square roundabout, was a thriving and extremely busy market building, and in the 1970's and 80's you could buy just about anything in there !

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castlefolds - original town centre markets

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Where were the open-air markets? I always thought they were on that site, but there's the building there on those pictures...

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Actually - I've just seen them peeking out by the side of the building.... So, I wasn't far wrong!

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Here's a picture from Peter Jones that brings back some memories - I remember the record shop underneath the markets

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I miss the markets.

Me and mum used to walk to town and then onto sheaf markets and down that ramp that lead to the Norfolk Arms pub. Used to be able to smell the chippy underneath.

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Anyone used to go in the cafe?

It was practiacally in the roof, it had birds flying all over it nicking chips

interesting fact,

Paul O Grady got the inspiration for Lily Savage from someone he saw in the cafe

I used to love going, lovely chip butties

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Paul O Grady got the inspiration for Lily Savage from someone he saw in the cafe

honest ?

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honest ?

Yep

I heard it on tv once, cant remember what on but ive always rememberred it

I used to like sitting on the edge tables, you could look down into the market at the shop that had all the dusty bins (from 321) around the top of it

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Where were the open-air markets? I always thought they were on that site, but there's the building there on those pictures...

The building at the top of the picture is probably the old Corn Exchange which was eventualy demolished in the late 50s or early 60s. The unlucky company that started the job went bankrupt trying to knock it down.

The open air market, known affectionately as the Rag & Tag is to the tight of the picture.

Norman Bardwell (electronics shop now on Abbeydale Rd) could be found there every Saturday selling ex army walkie talkies that weighted about 60lbs. Just about portable......!

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Where were the open-air markets? I always thought they were on that site, but there's the building there on those pictures...

A couple of pictures taken in December 1974 when the magic roundabout had been completed and the Sheaf Market was in full swing. One picture shows the market hall from the roundabout which was enclosed and built onto the back of Woolworths building, the other shows the open market. I am not exactly sure of the exact location of this, it may have been on the site of the old rag and tag to the left of the Sheaf market, but I think this may have been just a car park at the time. Alternatively and more likely it was to the right of the Sheaf market behind the Castle market on the site of the later Setts market, although it is difficult to see how they would have room for a market of this size in this area.

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A couple of pictures taken in December 1974 when the magic roundabout had been completed and the Sheaf Market was in full swing. One picture shows the market hall from the roundabout which was enclosed and built onto the back of Woolworths building, the other shows the open market. I am not exactly sure of the exact location of this, it may have been on the site of the old rag and tag to the left of the Sheaf market, but I think this may have been just a car park at the time. Alternatively and more likely it was to the right of the Sheaf market behind the Castle market on the site of the later Setts market, although it is difficult to see how they would have room for a market of this size in this area.

....more or less a " panarama" shot! - the open market was to the right of pic 1- on the left of Exchange St - just like you have positioned the photos! The first pic shows the lettering "MARKET" but actually said "MARKETS" - the last section (albeit without the letter "S") can just be seen on the left of pic2 . I would think both photos were taken from the same spot. :unsure:

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....more or less a " panarama" shot! - the open market was to the right of pic 1- on the left of Exchange St - just like you have positioned the photos! The first pic shows the lettering "MARKET" but actually said "MARKETS" - the last section (albeit without the letter "S") can just be seen on the left of pic2 . I would think both photos were taken from the same spot. :unsure:

....just noticed the interesting vehicles ..

pic1 - SUT (Sheffield United Tours) Panoramic Coach , based at the bottom end of Pond St Bus Station.

pic2 - L to R -1 Daimler Limousine . 2- Reliant Regal Supervan3 , as later made "popular?" by Delboy!. 3- Mini Clubman Estate. 4- Morris Marina ;-)

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....more or less a " panarama" shot! - the open market was to the right of pic 1- on the left of Exchange St - just like you have positioned the photos! The first pic shows the lettering "MARKET" but actually said "MARKETS" - the last section (albeit without the letter "S") can just be seen on the left of pic2 . I would think both photos were taken from the same spot. :unsure:

Yes I thought it was that way round, it just seems such a small space for such a big market. I remember in the mid 1990's being disappointed with the small "Setts Market" on this size as it amounted to nore more than a handful of stalls.

Glad you liked the vehicles which got included in the shot transit, one advantage of my old Sheffield pictures is that if they include vehicles by accident they are bound to be old vehicles. i used to have a 1975 Reliant Robin van which I believe is the model which replaced the Regal supervan 3. Great fun to drive and even though it was the wrong model I frequently got referred to as "Delboy" in the early 1980's

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Hi

Does anyone know when they started building the Sheaf market as I have got some old black and

white photographs which my brother took , just as they were doing the foundations.

Unfortunately he never dated them.

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Hi

Does anyone know when they started building the Sheaf market as I have got some old black and

white photographs which my brother took , just as they were doing the foundations.

Unfortunately he never dated them.

My 2 photographs above were taken in 1974 towards the end of the year. As far as I know the old rag and tag vlosed in 1972, Sheaf Market opened in 1973 and the roundabout at the end of Sheaf Street (the magic roundabout) was done in the summer of 1974 but I can't be sure of the exact dates. Must have been in the early 1970's.

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All the books and pictures i have ever read show the Rag and Tag to be at the bottom of Commercial St, on the left as you go down. The site that stood as a car park for years and years. Like it shows in this picture.

Not where the old setts market was, as this was further round at the bottom of Exchange Street.

Have i got the wrong end of the stick with what people are saying in this thread, as it seems people are saying the Rag and Tag was at the bottom of Exchange street?

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All the books and pictures i have ever read show the Rag and Tag to be at the bottom of Commercial St, on the left as you go down. The site that stood as a car park for years and years. Like it shows in this picture.

Not where the old setts market was, as this was further round at the bottom of Exchange Street.

Have i got the wrong end of the stick with what people are saying in this thread, as it seems people are saying the Rag and Tag was at the bottom of Exchange street?

As you say the "Rag & Tag" was on the site of what was a car park for many years at the bottom of Commercial St. This was the original Sheaf Market.

The new Sheaf Market built 1972/73 was built on the site of the old Castlefolds Market which was on the right as you went down Exchange St. The Setts Market was a small area on the outside of the "New Sheaf Market".

This thread has some good photo's the show the relative position of each market, I don't think it is inferred the the "Rag & Tag" was on Exchange St.

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Ahhh, right.

I know where all the markets were, i just thought some people might have been getting things muddled thats all.

Thanks for clearing that up

Dan

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Ahhh, right.

I know where all the markets were, i just thought some people might have been getting things muddled thats all.

Thanks for clearing that up

Dan

My 2 photographs in post #10 and transits comments about them in post #11 show the Sheaf Markets, bearing the large lettering "MARKET (S)" with the Setts market to their right. The Sheaf was behind Woolworths and Setts behind Castle Market. The rag and tag, not in the pictures because it had closed by 1974, was to the left of the Sheaf Market on the other side of Dixon Lane.

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castlefolds - original town centre markets

Isn't this the Whosale market before it moved to the Park Way.

jiginc

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