Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Castle Market

Some photographs taken in the Upper Gallery of Sheffield Castle Market, a modernist shopping centre built to replace the old 'rag and tag' open market in the early sixties. Owen Hatherley has written about it far more eloquently than I can, but I will say that although Sheffield Council has tried its best to get the place dynamited over the last 10 years, it is far more used and useful to the ordinary people than the dull, middlebrow (and mostly empty) new developments that have sprung up in the last few years.

Time has stood still in the Upper Gallery. In the old hobby market is an old chap who sells postcards and stamps, surrounded by lots of empty varnished pine booths. I asked him what happened to all the other traders. "They went a couple of years ago." He scratched his head. "About 1985."

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