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Spital Hill shops

Black and white photograph of shop fronts along Spital Hill in 1910
Shops along Spital Hill in 1910 © Picture Sheffield, Sheffield Libraries

Black and white photograph of the exterior of TSB Bank on Ellesmere Road in 1964
The TSB Bank on Ellesmere Road in 1964. This is now Dur Dur grocery store © David Ainscough

Black and white photograph of the exterior of shops along Ellesmere Road in 2005
Shops on Ellesmere Road in 2005 © Carl Rose

Most of the shops along Spital Hill and Ellesmere Road were built between 1890 and the early 1900s, when Burngreave was becoming a prosperous and fashionable neighbourhood. They formed a dense neighbourhood centre with a wide variety of shops catering for almost every need. Some shops along Spital Hill were originally built as houses, but then extended into what were once gardens at the front to create shop fronts.

During the Second World War, some shops along Ellesmere Road were damaged by bombs and later demolished, but most of the original buildings are still in place. Many have gone through several transitions and changes of purpose. One example is the shop at the corner of Earsham Street and Ellesmere Road. In 1901 this was a painter and decorator's shop, employing a large number of men. By the 1940s it had become a branch of the TSB Bank. In 2007 it is now Dur Dur grocery store, catering to an East African population now settled in the area and selling halal meat and other goods.

Burngreave has experienced problems over the last few decades, with changes in people's shopping habits and the rise of supermarkets resulting in some shop closures. However, many shops have survived and Burngreave is still a thriving shopping centre.
Some shops closed but many have survived and changed hands. There is now an international mix of shops catering for particular ethnic groups in the area.