Discover Sheffield’s soul at Hagglers Corner
Sheffield Unchained visits the Hagglers Corner creative community, built around a cosy courtyard on Queens road in Sheffield.
There is the relaxed mumble of happy chatter, comforting aroma of coffee and something else which smells deliciously edible. Odd soft sofas and chairs are arranged around scattered tables to create intimate corners of conviviality. The Kaffihus courtyard café is warm and welcoming, lit by fairy lights and glowing lampshades.
In this perfect setting for the telling of old tales, Sarah Ingolfsdottir recounts the history of the building and a series of events which led to the establishment of Hagglers Corner in 2011.
Initially constructed in 1871 as a joinery factory, the building has been used by ironmongers and builders; to sell cattle, milk and coal, to manufacture sweets and finally to store doors. After 1994 it lay empty and derelict until it was discovered by Sarah and her partner, David Knott, whom she credits with the carpentry skills and vision that led to the transformation we see today.
The birth of Hagglers Corner
Sarah describes scrambling through the husk of a building, littered with hundreds of doors from the previous company (Hagglers Corner) and the debris of many happy generations of pigeons (hence the pigeon logo).
Birthed by nothing more than a rough plan, willing landlord, craft and commitment to a dream, Hagglers Corner has grown into a community meeting place, a space for creative expression, small independent businesses and a venue for hire, skills sharing and celebrations.
The upper floor yoga studio is reportedly one of the best in Sheffield and offers ten different types of yoga, with classes delivered by various specialists in the discipline. Other residents of the creative community include a florist, music school, tattoo artist, magazine and film production company.
The business has reached a transition period with many ideas for expansion. A new member of staff, designer Vanessa Binder, describes plans for revamping promotional materials, menu’s and developing events facilities. Sarah Ingolfsdottir explains:
Hagglers’ denotes business and trade, so we are moving more towards retail and accommodating small creative businesses that need a shop outlet. Market days will be planned as special events for people to ‘haggle’ at.
Sarah explains how the upper floor ‘Event Space’ is growing in popularity:
Sheffield has adopted us as their venue. We went with what the people wanted. They wanted a venue so here we are. We get hundreds of people here on weekends.
Being licensed means that Hagglers Corner has become a prime venue for weddings, parties and live music sessions. After negotiations with the current landlord are finalised, Sarah and David hope to finally own their dream and grow it further, with the addition of two new retail areas, an expanded events venue and courtyard shelter.
When asked about the future Sarah talks about plans to establish Hagglers Corner as a hub for alternative weddings and running wedding fairs with a difference. She summarises:
There are loads of fun things happening!
Hagglers Corner looks and feels like a fun place to be and is an inspiring example of the determined craftsmanship, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit which expresses the very soul of Sheffield.
Hagglers Corner is a member of SU Listings