Trading Histories

Archive Documents: Changes

Although Sheffield’s markets occupied the same area of the city for 700 years, it was a constant battle to ensure the markets remained suitable for the shoppers and traders. At times, these changes were major, involving relocations and demolitions. At others, more minor alterations, such as changes to opening times, were deemed appropriate. The following files contain transcriptions and research notes produced by our volunteers while examining historical documents held in Sheffield’s Archives and Local Studies Library. They explore some of the market changes through committee meeting minutes, reports and correspondence.

Mid C19 Acts

Development of Markets 1905

CA 572 – Proposed Market Extensions and Byelaws 1907 (1)

CA 572 – Proposed Market Extensions and Byelaws 1907 (2)

Reorganisation 1934-1937

[Castle Hill] Reorganisation of Markets 1938

[Castle Hill] 1938 Reorganisation committee report

1960s Redevelopments

[Castle Market] 1963 Planning

[Castle Market] 1963 Handrails at Castle Market

[Sheaf Market] 1967 – development of Sheaf Market


Castle Market Protest 1975

In 1975 the stall owners protested against significant rent increases – one of many disputes in the history of the markets. Courtesy of Sheffield Newspapers