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9. Grainger Town and Market

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Grainger Town and Market

The Grainger Market is in the heart of the City and is an integral part of Newcastle's Grainger Town. The Market is a Grade I listed building and is one of the largest market halls in the country.

Richard Grainger, builder and developer, planned and constructed some of Newcastle's finest buildings and streets during the 1830's including Grainger Market. Together with John Dobson, an architect and engineer, their development transformed the town. Richard Grainger was said to 'have found Newcastle of bricks and timber and left it in stone.' The classical streets of the 1830's fell into neglect by the 1980's but have since been restored to a bustling area of popular shops and boutiques, and the market is still trading today.

The Grainger Market was the Town's first indoor market, situated between the New Gate of the old Town Walls and the newly laid out Grainger Street. At the time of its opening in 1835 it was considered the most spacious and magnificent market in Europe and the Evening Chronicle described it as 'the most beautiful in the world'. To mark its opening, a grand dinner was held, complete with an orchestra and attended by 2,000 guests. A painting of this event by Henry Perlee Parker (1795-1873), can be seen in the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.

The Market is largely in its original condition except for the latticed-steel arches in the roof, which replaced the timber roof destroyed by fire in 1901.

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The Grade I Listed Grainger Market is situated in the heart of Newcastle City Centre, adjacent to Grainger Street, close to the Monument Metro Station and opposite the City's Greenmarket which adjoins Eldon Square Shopping Centre.

Grainger Town and Market Opening Times:   
Market Trading Times
Monday and Wednesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm
   
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