Back in the days when Castle Market wasn’t such a no-go area for anyone with all their teeth intact and without a Staffordshire Bull Terrier on a piece of old rope as a status symbol, there was only one clothes shop worth going to in town; Harringtons.
Bomber jackets, jeans, farah’s, sta-prest trousers, button-down shirts — if it was in fashion, Harringtons was the place to get it.
They did a line of ‘Harrington Jackets’ that many Sheffielders to this day associate with the Castle Market shop, despite it being a wider name for a style of jacket that ‘our’ Harringtons simply stocked.
Harringtons also produced of made-to-measure shirts, hand made by Mr. Harrington himself. People are so fond of the shop and those quality shirts that some still have them to this day as collector’s items.
For those who frequented the store, an abiding memory will always be that people wanting to try anything on were directed up the ladder to the storage space where a dozen other people had the same idea.
Crouching in the tiny space and trying on the latest jeans or Ben Sherman shirt was a task in itself, but it was always worth it to be the style-conscious one out on the town that night!
In recent years Harringtons could be found trading at Doncaster market, although it never maintained the magic of the Castle Market days. Likewise the newer Moor Market doesn't seem to have anything to compare close to the old Harringtons.
Do you remember Harringtons? What kind of clothes did you buy there? Where else in Sheffield would you buy your fashion clothing? Have your say in the comments below...
We should probably give a special honourable memorable clothes shop mention for Sexy Rexy on Pinstone Street too. Remember that place?