Market Hall and Market Place
The Market Hall is a refurbished victorian building opened by Queen Elizabeth II on December 1st 1988. It is home to many
small independent stalls. There are several butchers and fruiterer, as well as
clothing, hardware and pet shops. You will also find a bakery, several gift
shops, and a few places to eat. The roof structure is refurbished but retains
its original design and shape. Ahead leads to the Market Place. It was
originally built by Charles Tomkinson in the early 1800's.
These are above each door, this one is over the entrance from Market Street.
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Original Market Hall opening and alterations plaque
The original Market Hall opened on December 19th 1855 on the site of a former
bowling green, the site of the market place in Victoria Square is
where the town hall stands now. A fish market was built alongside which opened
on December 22nd 1865, but was demolished around 1930 when the Ashburner
Street market opened in September 1932. In 1894 the original Market Hall was
altered to provide shops on Knowsley Street and Corporation Street.
The doorway centre left leads onto Market Street and Deansgate.
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View from balcony of Market Hall March 2000
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View into Market Hall from Market Place March 2000
Leading from the market hall is a complex of new shops and department stores.
This is the entrance to Market Place from the market hall. This lower mall
leads to a fountain and seating area, and glass lifts (elevators)
complementing the modern design, which connect directly with a multi storey
car park, the top of which gives good aerial views
of the town.
This is where the old Victorian market hall ended. Going right will take you
to Knowsley Street, going left will take you into Bridge Street. Going ahead
through the hall will take you into Market Street onto Deansgate.
Two glass lifts (elevators) can be seen driven by push rods, stairs above from
the upper mall, and in the foreground a fountain with seating. The lifts
connect to the multi storey car park, the top of which gives good aerial views of the town.
Go out of the Market Hall and Market Place and virtual walk into
Knowsley Street or
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