The Moor
The Moor, Sheffield.jpg
The northern entrance to the Moor
The Moor Quarter is located in Sheffield
The Moor Quarter
Location within Sheffield
Former name(s) Sheffield Moor
South Street
Length 0.3 mi (0.5 km)
Location Sheffield, England
Postal code S1
Coordinates 53°22′33″N 1°28′25″W / 53.375789°N 1.47367°W / 53.375789; -1.47367Coordinates: 53°22′33″N 1°28′25″W / 53.375789°N 1.47367°W / 53.375789; -1.47367
North end Furnival Gate / Pinstone Street
South end Hereford Street
Other
Website moorsheffield.com

The Moor Quarter is one of Sheffield's twelve designated quarters, built around and named for The Moor, a pedestrianised thoroughfare. It is bound by Furnival Gate in the north-east, Eyre Street in the south-east, St Mary's Gate to the south, and Moore Street and Charter Row to the north-west.

It is primarily a retail location, with the city's main market now located in the quarter. There are also some offices at Charter Row and Moorfoot.[1][2] It benefits from a good location, centrally between the Devonshire Quarter, Cultural Industries Quarter, Heart of the City and London Road and Ecclesall Road shops.

The monolithic Moorfoot Building is at the south-west end of the Moor. It previously housed central British government departments, but is now used by Sheffield City Council.

The Moor

The Moor itself is a primary pedestrianised thoroughfare and one of the main shopping streets of Sheffield, England. Along its length lie some of the most popular British and international high street names leading it to become the main focal point for retail in the city centre in recent years. The street was originally named Sheffield Moor, then in the early nineteenth century was renamed "South Street",[3] but was again renamed in order to avoid confusion with a South Street near Hyde Park. The shops along it were rebuilt in the 1950s following damage in World War II and pedestrianised in 1979 with market stalls now occupying the former roadway.

The Moor stretches from Furnival Gate, Moorhead to the north to Cumberland Way, Moorfoot to the south, where the former Moorfoot Building blocks the route on to London Road.

The major retailers on The Moor include Next, H&M, New Look, River Island, Ann Summers, Primark, independent department store Atkinsons, JD Sports and Sainsbury's. There are also numerous smaller units as well as open-air market stalls in the middle of the pedestrianised area.

Regeneration

The Light Cinema on the Moor, Sheffield
The Light Cinema on the Moor, Sheffield

Since development started in the late 2000s after the area became empty and rundown due to shops closing, The Moor has been undergoing a programme of regeneration by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, who own most of the buildings on The Moor. In July 2011, SWIP submitted a planning application for a 55,000 sq ft retail block at the north end of the street, which will feature a large digital screen and space for two shops and a department store.[4] The new Moor Market opened in November 2013 as Phase One replacing the old Castle Market in the Wicker area of Sheffield, a new gym also opened in 2016 above the market. After years of planning and construction the new flagship Primark store opened on The Moor in October 2016 as part of Phase Two of the regeneration. The second part of phase one includes The Light cinema and a variety of restaurants including Zizzi, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Pizza Express, in March 2017 it was announced that the new complex would open on 14 April the same year. The third and final phase of The Moor regeneration opened in 2018/2019 and includes a large digital screen and new shops and restaurants. H&M is the new anchor tenant.

Moor Market

The Moor Market
The Moor Market

The Moor Market opened in November 2013[5] on the corner of The Moor and Earl Street, replacing Castle Market in the Castlegate area which closed on the same weekend. The scheme cost £18 million[6] and includes 200 market stalls and eight shops.[7][8]

Sheffield City Council own the market and aim to attract 100,000 shoppers per week. Most stalls have been let rent-free for the first six months and at half-rent for the following six months to encourage businesses to locate in the market.[6]

References

  1. ^ Sheffield City Council - info on The Moor Quarter Archived 15 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Moor Newsletter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007.
  3. ^ Joseph Woolhouse, "A Description of the Town of Sheffield"
  4. ^ BBC News The Moor planning application
  5. ^ The Star, http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/video-new-era-as-sheffield-moor-market-opens-1-6265205
  6. ^ a b "Grub street: The Borough Market of the North?". Independent.co.uk. 26 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Work to begin on Sheffield's new £17m Moor market - Business". The Star. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Improvements & Block 6 & The Market". Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013.