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Castle House department store in Sheffield opened in 1964 and was the pride of the Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative Society.  Designed by the Co-operative Society in-house architect G S Hay, who took his inspiration from the Sears Roebuck Store in Irving Park, Chicago.  The store finally closed its doors in 2006 and was given a Grade II listed status by English Heritage.

The Board Room features original wood paneling.  The unique teak veneered horse shoe meeting table was designed for the room and the light canopy reflects the same shape as the table.  The inside of the door and the inside of the meeting table feature padded black leather.  The drinks cabinet is perhaps a reminder that for some of those important Board Room meetings a privileged few may also have been treated to the odd glass of brandy.

All of the above photographs were taken in September 2014,  8 years after the store closed.

Click HERE to view images of the central spiral staircase in Castle House

Click HERE to view images of features inside Castle House

Click HERE to view images of Castle House Restaurant

Click HERE to view images of signs at Castle House

Click HERE to view images outside Castle House


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Phlegm has created this incredible installation as part of The Festival of The Mind 

The artwork may be found at Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield.  The Grade II listed building was once a huge Coop Department store, located in an area of Sheffield with a long history of market trading.

The installation is free to view and open to the public from 18th – 28th September 2014


History of Castle House

In 1964 Castle House was officially opened…realising the dream of the Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative, to create not just a shop, but a shopping experience that would be a gift to every housewife in Sheffield! Supported by 106,000 cooperative members, the building represented a holistic retail experience across four storeys, incorporating a food hall, clothing, furniture, flooring, offices and a restaurant.
The innovative architectural design by George S. Hay was influenced by American department store design.   A spiral staircase whisked shoppers through the centre of the building, from where they could experience the myriad of products available. The architectural design was augmented by contemporary sculpture and topped-off with a view over the city.




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