The History behind Sheffield's Market Rights
The markets commenced as a franchise market in the 13th century, thereafter the markets passed through the hands of the Lords of Sheffield as a right appurtenant to the Manor, and settled with the Howard's (Dukes of Norfolk) in the 17th Century.
In 1784 a Private Act of Parliament was passed for the purpose of enlarging the market place and regulating the markets within the Town of Sheffield. In addition, the Act specifically provided that "all marketable commodities, matters and things, usually exposed to sale in the present market place of the said Town, or in streets or passages adjacent thereto, shall be exposed to sale and sold within the limits of such new market place only, and not elsewhere, and the said Earl of Surrey, (later the 11th Duke of Norfolk) the future owner or owners of the said market, shall be entitled to, and shall have and receive, all pickage and stallage of the said market place, and also all such tolls, free customs and duties, profits and advantages as are incident or belonging to the holding of such markets and fairs of the said Town of Sheffield".
The markets were again further extended by another Act of Parliament passed on the 21st June 1847 which again expressly confirmed that the sole power to hold the market and sell marketable items was then vested in the Duke of Norfolk. Once again in 1872 the markets were extended this time by the Sheffield Market Act of 1872.
In 1899 the then Sheffield Corporation bought the markets and rights appertaining thereto from the then Duke of Norfolk for the sum of £526,000. Further, in 1918 the then Corporation procured the passing of a Private Act namely the Sheffield Corporation (Consolidation) Act 1918 which provided for the market undertaking as it existed in the commencement of the Act to continue being vested in the Corporation subject to the provisions such Act, and from Section 224 Sub-Section 2 thereof it can be seen that the limits of the market undertaking at that stage was to be the City.
Further, by the Sheffield Extension Act of 1933 the City boundaries were extended bringing additional areas within the City limits. Section 21 of the 1933 Act provided that the unrepealed provisions of the Local Acts including the 1918 Act affecting the existing City shall extend and apply to the City and that any reference therein to the existing City and the Corporation shall be deemed to be extended to the City boundaries as provided for by the 1933 Act and then the ensuing 1967 Sheffield Extension Order and the 1972 Local Government Act.
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