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History

Generations of shoppers have turned to the Tissington family to satisfy their need for the finest and freshest sea food and poultry and there's little wonder.

Some 70 years have passed since a 14-year-old Roy Tissington found work on Les Lunn's stall in Sheffield's famous Castle Market - and he loved the place from day one.
Roy worked so hard others began to take note.

Tiss7As a consequence he was offered a partnership to sell fresh fish, crabs and poultry products with Jeff Smith. Roy grabbed the opportunity with both hands and the pair of market traders started to work their fingers to the bone. The business flourished with Smith and Tissington shifting tonnes of fish and thousands of birds each week.
Then, just as they were getting a reputation as the best in the business, disaster struck.
Jeff was kicked by a horse shattering his leg in 72 places. From then on Roy was left to man the stall alone - and it was during this time that he began to forge a reputation as one the city's hardest working men...

For many years, Roy grafted alone, starting work every market day at 2am. Nothing was too much troubleTiss3 for his loyal customers who had come to expect the best. At Christmas the hours were even longer as grateful customers flocked to the stall for their festive birds. Eventually Roy was able to share the punishing hours, serving alongside his wife Mary and son Paul for decades. Roy died at the age of 81. The Sheffield Star proclaimed his passing, describing him as King of the Castle.

Mary, Paul, Debra and Roy's two grandsons, Nicholas 22, and Mathew, 20 still man the stall as they prepare for new horizons - a move to the Castle's multi-million pound replacement on the Moor.

The move represents a great change for the family in many ways. Times change and buildings come and go. But you can guarantee one thing will never alter.

This family of grafters will follow Roy's legacy as they continue to serve their Sheffield public as he had by providing their customers with top quality produce at affordable prices.

Smith & Tissington

Smith and Tissington visit us in our new location at Moor Market.

Moor Market

Sheffield S1 4PF

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