Sheffield past and present

The Beet Slide Collection contains among others over 200 images of local Sheffield places, dating from around 1885 to 1920. Find out what some of these places looked like then and what they look like now.

Sheffield city centre

Barker's Pool

Barker’s Pool is situated at the top of Sheffield City Centre. Behind the office block, where the houses are in the old picture, is now the City Hall, which was built in 1932 . The slide is undated, but from between 1887 and 1904.

Barker's Pool

Barker's Pool 2014

Fargate

Fargate immediately adjoins Barker’s Pool.

Fargate

Fargate Albany Hotel 2014

Jubilee Monolith

The Jubilee Monolith (also Jubilee Obilisk) ‘is a granite monolith, inaugurated on Jubilee Day in 1887. It originally stood in Town Hall Square where it provided a popular site for orators addressing the citizens of Sheffield, before being moved to its present position in 1904.’ This present position is in Endcliffe Park, ‘in an elevated position in the west corner of the space, adjacent to the boundary with Rustlings Road.’

Jubillee Monolith 2014

Fargate 2 Fargate 1 2014
Fargate 3 Fargate 2 2014

The Moor

Moorhead is quite literally located at the head of The Moor. None of the original buildings survive, but the building pictured here still bears the name ‘Moorhead House’.

The Moor

Moorhead 2014 new

The Moor 2

The Moor itself is now a pedestrian precinct. The tram tracks that can be seen in the old picture are still there, but were covered when the surface was remodelled. In the distance the tower of the Town Hall can be seen. The picture is labelled ‘1895’. The Moor area was extensively rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s following damage sustained in World War II. It is currently being re-developed to make the area more attractive. The first phase of this ended with the opening of the new Moor Market on 25 November 2013.

The Moor 2014

High Street

One of the central Sheffield streets, High Street connects Fargate in the west to Fitzalan Square in the east.

High Street

High Street 2014

Fitzalan Square

Fitzalan Square is located at the bottom of Sheffield City Centre. The picture was taken after 1900, as electric trams can be seen.

Fitzalan Square

Fitzalan Square 2014

Commercial Street

Immediately adjoining Fitzalan Square is Commercial Street. The building on the right has been demolished, but the buildings on the left are still there, although the front one has lost much of its roof decoration and an additional building was inserted into the gap between the second and third building.

Commercial Street

Commercial Street 2014