The Moor Quarter

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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[edit]

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 department stores and it is seen as one of the primary retail cores of the city centre. 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 Way, 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 Debenhams, Atkinsons (department store), Sainsbury's, Poundland and TJ Hughes. There are also numerous smaller units as well as open-air market stalls in the middle of the pedestrianised area.


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 will include The Light cinema and a variety of restaurants including Zizzi, Gourmet Burger Co. 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 will start construction in 2017 and is set to open in 2018/2019, this will include the large digital screen and new shops and restaurants. H&M has been announced to be the new anchor tenant.


Currently, the Moor runs through the middle of the quarter, so the area is deemed to have a good base upon which to build. Office developments and multi-storey car parks will be built at Eyre Street and Charter Row with leisure facilities at ground-level to increase activity all around the quarter. A new route to the rest of the centre will be created at Furnival Square, with a bus interchange at Charter Square where the new Sheffield Retail Quarter is being built, which Phase One will open in Spring 2019.

Moor Market[edit]

Entrance to the new 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.[9]


  1. ^ Sheffield City Council - info on The Moor Quarter Archived 2006-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ the Moor Newsletter Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Joseph Woolhouse, "A Description of the Town of Sheffield"
  4. ^ BBC News The Moor planning application
  5. ^ The Star,
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2013-05-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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Coordinates: 53°22′33″N 1°28′25″W / 53.375789°N 1.47367°W / 53.375789; -1.47367