Sheffield’s antiques quarter has been put on the map with new brown signs to illustrate its cultural significance.
The quarter, home to six antiques centres and several independent shops, takes in parts of Abbeydale Road, Broadfield Road, London Road and Queens Road, including a riverside walk along the Sheaf.
The aim of the signs, as well as public art and banners, is to raise the profile of the successful and growing antiques quarter, home to independent traders.
Information points are set to be established in the area, along with projects from artists including mosaics, lettering and mural work on key buildings and gable ends. Banners are currently in the process of being created.
The idea for creating a designated antiques quarter with its own identity was the idea of Hendrika Stephens, now chair of the Sheffield Antiques Quarter group.
She said: “Three years ago, I had a gallery space in the antiques quarter and was trying to get the business to promote itself. I then walked around to talk to other businesses in the area and thought, why aren’t we all coming together?
“The area had been informally known as an antiques quarter for many years, so it just needed formalising. Sheffield Council were very supportive and it all went from there.”
Since it started between 20 and 25 new business have opened on Abbeydale Road.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, said: “The thriving antiques quarter attracts browsers and shoppers from not just across Sheffield, but from much further afield, due to the quality and diversity of gifts, furniture, crafts, paintings and ornaments on offer.
“This is particularly the case when you see the popularity of the regular vintage markets, which bring a bustling, festival-like atmosphere to these few small streets.
“Sheffield Antiques Quarter is an excellent example of how a group of like-minded people can come together and make a real difference. This cluster of businesses has existed for many years but lacked a profile or marketing.
“Now, thanks to banners, public art, and the new signs, the quarter has a more easily defined identity which can only serve to raise its profile regionally and nationally.”