Thursday, 3 February 2011

Sheffield Castle Market 1968

The 1968 tour of British new-build shopping precincts continues, and today we pitch up in Sheffield. I've already explored the modern-day Castle Market in a previous post, and Unmann-Wittering took some great pictures of the covered market and signage on Found Objects. C.E. Fudge paid the place a flying visit and I like seeing it when it was less neglected.





Approaching from Castle Street, the market looms up out of the road like the island of an aircraft carrier.



Some good swastikas in the upper windows.



Ena Sharples fingers a blouse in the foreground.



Taken from the upper walkway and looking out toward Hyde Park flats - they built a lot of social housing in Sheffield after the war. Even in 1968 the walkway looks empty though. And concrete's propensity to age prematurely (a la Cumbernauld)is shown up again.



Max Wall passes up the chance to buy some fish.

So far, 1968 hasn't been particularly swinging, but C.E. Fudge and I will remedy that with the next set of pictures, in London's epicentre of cool (or just shopping).

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