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Castlegate Festival 2020
A Celebration of Castlegate’s Past, Present and Future

Welcome to the fourth Castlegate Festival ! This years festival celebrates the rich heritage of Sheffield’s oldest quarter but  also looks forward to its exciting future, highlighting the exciting  new businesses, bars and creative spaces which are  springing up in refurbished buildings and the new public spaces currently under construction. Of course theres much more still to do but if you haven’t been here for a while perhaps it's time to explore Castlegate again?

The festival has been produced by the Castlegate Partnership which brings together local businesses and arts organisations, the two universities, the Friends of the Castle and Old Town Hall, the Sheaf and Porter Trust, Canal and Rivers Trust and the Council to shape and support the regeneration of the quarter.

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Photo of people playing drums on Exchange Street Sheffield
Photo of Escape Festival on Exchange Street Sheffield

19-20 September
Street Festival

Outdoor cafes, Musicians, Food , Street Art and Craft Stalls Exchange St. Castlegate and Victoria Quays with controlled entry and social distancing (and possibly some fairground rides by Purcivals).

Guided Tours of the Castle Ruins site 

Find out whats happening in Castlegate Regeneration with Friends of Sheffield Castle, Sheaf River Trust and Friends of Old Town Hall – pre-booking essential via Eventbrite (Heritage Open Days). 

New Skating Course

Exchange St – opening and demonstration of new street skating course 

26 September
Grey to Green Opening Ceremony (invitation only)

Street Festival

Find out whats happening in Castlegate Regeneration with Friends of Sheffield Castle, Sheaf River Trust and Friends of Old Town Hall – pre-booking essential via Eventbrite (Heritage Open Days).

 

TBC Sheffield Castle Book Discussion – Spiegeltent Barkers Pool ??

 

6-7 October
The Past and Future of Sheffield Castle Site 

Following new excavations and research, find out what we now know about the heritage of the site including a 3D visualisation of the historic castle and give us your views on a range of future scenarios projected onto a scale model of the site.

Tues 6th- Thurs 8th October: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Castle Site Exhibition - Exhibition Area Kommune Food Hall, Snig Hill

Fri 9th - Sat 10th October 10.00 - 4.00 pm Moor Markets, The Moor

 


Online Events (see www.sheffield.gov.uk/castlegate)

Heritage Open Days Virtual Tours 

  • Explore Castelgate’s hidden historic gems from the comfort of your home. 
  • Mediaeval Ladys Bridge  and Wicker Tilt via canoe
  • Old Town Hall – Georgian and Victorian Courtrooms, Judges Rooms and cells 
  • Terminal Warehouse – Georgian canal architecture and machinery ingeniously converted to modern studio and living spaces
  • Canada House – splendid Victorian interiors of former Gaslight Co HQ

They Lived in Castlegate

Follow a walking trail of ‘Blue Plaques’ which introduce you to a rich cast of Castlegate characters from the 16th to 20th centuries including a famous queen, notorious murdere and an elephant … a map and background info available on-line.

The Past and Future of Sheffield Castle Site

Following new excavations and research, find out what we now know about the heritage of the site including a 3D visualisation of the historic castle and then give us your views on a range of future scenarios projected onto a scale model of the site. Visit www.Sheffield.gov.uk/citizenspace/castle site

Castlegate's Old Street Names

Trueloves Gutter Street Sign


Trueloves Gutter (Castle St/Exchange St)

Perhaps disappointingly the name seems to have come from a family called the Trueloves who lived on either Castle St or Exchange St. The Gutter part probably reflects that most streets in old Sheffield doubled up as drains, which were flushed periodically by opening the Barkers Pool reservoir, removing debris, dead cats and worse to the Don at Ladys Bridge!

Under The Water Street Sign


Under the Water (Bridge St)

What is now Bridge St was once at a somewhat lower level with steps up to Ladys Bridge and was frequently flooded by the Don – hence the name

Isle Street Sign


The Isle (Estelli Parade)

The millrace or goyt for the Town Corn Mill which formed what became known as the Kelham Island actually ran right into the town rejoining the Don just above the Wicker Weir. So this area was referred to as ‘The Isle’ or sometimes confusingly ‘The Isle of Wight’!

Chandlers Row Street Sign


Chandlers Row (Castlegate West)

For over 200 years the land now known as Castlegate was occupied by slaughter houses and related processes. One of the most important would have been the candle-makers or chandlers.

Castle Orchard Street Sign


Castle Orchard (Castlegate)

The area now occupied by Castlegate and Exchange St was once the orchard supplying  Sheffield Castle which would have dominated the area on the opposite bank of the River Sheaf.

Sergeants Walk Street Sign


Sergeants Walk (North Bank)

This probably referred to the favourite walk of the soldiers who garrisoned the castle although some lawyers were sometimes also known as ‘serjeant’

Water Street Street Sign


Water Street (Magistrates Court Forecourt)

What is now the forecourt of the Magistrates Court was once a narrow lane leading down to the Don at Bridge St.

Nags Head Yard


Nags Head Yard/ Shemeld Croft (Commercial St)

Commercial Street is really a ramp built by the Midland Railway Company in 1870 to allow better access to their new Midland Station. Its construction required the demolition of a number  of narrow mediaeval lanes mostly named after inns or pubs of which Nags Head Yard was obviously one.

Shemeld is an old Sheffield family name and crofts were old courtyards which became notorious slums in the Victorian period.

Canal Bridge Street Sign


Canal Bridge (Exchange St)

When the Sheffield Canal was opened in 1819 it was as the motorway of its age, opening a relatively rapid route for goods and people to Rotherham, Doncaster and the sea, via the Humber Estuary. A new bridge was built over the Sheaf to connect with the Canal Basin. Later the Corn Exchange was built on the right bank of the Sheaf and the Sheaf culverted over to create a new market place, hence the change of name to Exchange St. However this required the demolition of Tennants Brewery which was moved to a site next to Ladys Bridge  but confusingly  was named Exchange Brewery. This name survives in the name adopted by the redevelopment of the site as ‘Exchange Riverside’

Shambles Lane Street Sign


Shambles Lane (off Exchange St)

When Sheffield Castle was demolished at the end of the C17th Civil War the markets which must have clustered around its outer walls gradually took over the site, with the butchers being particularly prominent. Shambles was the name given to streets where the butchers had their stalls, most famously at York.

Castle Fold Street Sign


Castle Folds (Exchange St)

This name has been applied to various lanes around the Castle including Exchange St . It is now attached to the loading bay at the rear of Wilkos which seems a bit sad! However if you look at the big stone wall which forms the back of Wilkos you are apparently looking at stonework salvaged from the Victorian Norfolk Market Hall which stood on the same site.

Pudding Lane Street Sign


Pudding Lane (King Street)

Pudding was an old word for offal – hence ‘black pudding’ – reflecting the fact that King St has been associated with butchers and markets for many hundreds of years, including the Fitzallan Market. The street is believed to have been renamed to the more respectable-sounding King Streey in honour of the coronation of either George II or III.

Castlegate Festival Map



1. Exchange St - ESCape Festival

2. Victoria Quays Waterways Festival, & Concrete Canvas Towpath Art

3. Henry Bryars Stables

4. Old Town Hall

5. Castle House/Kollider

6. Castle Ruins

7. Terminal & Grain Warehouses

8. The Local Theatre

9. Grey to Green 2 (under construction)

10. Kayak river tours to Ladys Bridge

11. RiteTrax Studios

12. Brightbox Arts

14. Bal Social Cafe Bar

15. Delicious Clam Records

16. Exchange Place Studios

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