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Casbah and the cooling towers: things gone forever from Sheffield we still miss

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Like countless other cities, towns and villages, Sheffield has not been immune to change over the past few decades.

Millions of pounds have been invested for extensive redevelopment which included the renovation of the Peace Gardens and the opening of the Millennium Galleries.

Once lacklustre urban areas have been transformed into vibrant communities with a host of independent shops and pubs and incredible street art adorns many surfaces across the city.

Sadly, some of Sheffield’s popular clubs, quirky landmarks and wonderful shops did not stand the test of time.

Venues such as Rebels and Casbah are a thing of the past and people can no longer shop at Rebina Shoes or Redgates.

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While much has changed over the last few decades, one thing at least has consistently stayed the same: the friendliness of Sheffielders and their love for this amazing city.

Below is a list of 12 things that have disappeared from Sheffield and people still miss to this day.

Violet May’s record shop

Violet May’s record shop was the go-to place for any music fan in the city.

Violet May Barkworth ran several record shops in the city, including one on Matilda Street.

A fountain of knowledge, the owner could answer even the most obscure questions.

Tinsley Cooling Towers

The Tinsley cooling towers come crashing to the ground after standing next to the M1 motorway in Sheffield for 70 years on August 24, 2008
(Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

For many Sheffield drivers seeing the imposing towers from the motorway meant they were almost home.

The Tinsley Cooling Towers stood beside the M1 for decades before a controlled explosion brought them down in 2008.

Thousands of people watched the sad occasion in the middle of the night from Meadowhall, perhaps saying their last farewell to an iconic part of Sheffield’s skyline.

Casbah

Sheffield is known to have a vast amount of clubs on offer that cater to any music taste.

For people enjoying a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, Casbah was the place to be.

Following the club’s closure, the building was demolished in 2016.

Hole in the Road

circa 1965: A roundabout junction in Sheffield with a pedestrian concourse running beneath it. The site is known locally as ‘the Hole in the Road’
(Image: Fox Photos)

Hole in the Road was probably one of Sheffield’s most prominent features.

Located beneath the Castle Square roundabout, which was built in the late 60s, was an “underground city centre” with many shops and a network of underpasses.

It was also home to a massive fish tank which contained 2,000 gallons of water and around 20 fish including roaches, goldfish and carp.

While many Sheffielders look back on the landmark wistfully, it drew many complaints in its final years before being filled in in 1994.

Pyjama Jump

This event is perhaps most vividly remembered by anyone who studied at The University of Sheffield in the 80s and 90s.

The infamous event would see students hit the city’s streets dressed in nightwear for a night out in Sheffield.

Pyjama Jump would usually take place in November.

Redgates

Redgates was just magical.

The iconic toy store, which was considered one of the finest outside the capital, was paradise for children and those young at heart.

The first store was located in Fargate but eventually moved to Moorhead in 1925.

When it was badly damaged during the Sheffield Blitz in 1940, it temporarily relocated to Eccesall Road.

It later opened a huge Furnival Gate store in 1962.

Rebina Shoes

Some Sheffielders claim to have bought “the best shoes ever” at Rebina in the 70s and 80s.

Best known for their pointy shoes, the shop just off High Street was incredibly popular despite being a little expensive.

The Sheffield Show at Hillsborough Park

Who doesn’t miss the hustle and bustle of The Sheffield Show at Hillsborough Park?

Stalls, fair rides and music made for a fantastic day out for the entire family.

In the 80s the show was relocated to Graves Park before transforming into Sheffield Mayfest targeted at young adults in the early 2000s.

Since 2018, Hillsborough Park has been the venue for Sheffield’s popular Tramlines festival.

Josephine’s

People flocking to Josephine’s could usually choose between spending their time at the restaurant, wine bar or nightclub.

The venue attracted people from all walks of life and regular hosted soul and r&b nights.

The club had a strict door policy and not everyone would be allowed in.

The Wedding Cake

Sheffield old register office was built in the late 60s and once it opened, nicknamed “The Wedding Cake”.

Thousands of people got married at this famous building, which was located just behind the town hall, before it got demolished 30 years later.

Berlins

Berlins was the place to be in the 90s.

Revellers will have fond memories of spinning the wheel of fortune for drinks at the club in Eyre Street.

If things got a little too uninteresting at the venue which was based under a multi-story car park, there was always the option to nip next doors to Gossips.

Castle Market

Castle Market shut its doors for good in November 2013.

The historic building was built on top of the remains of Sheffield Castle and demolished in 2015.

In its stead, the Moor Market opened in Sheffield’s city centre.

It is said that after Castle Market closed and stood empty for several years, a request was put forward to host a zombie event inside.

It was rejected based on health and safety reasons.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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