Friends of Segedunum Talk: Mr Grainger's Market

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Friends of Segedunum Talk Mr Graingers Market

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Free to members | £3 for non-members Light refreshment included Pre-booking not necessary - just turn up

A regular speaker to the Friends of Segedunum, Freda Thompson qualified as a Yellow Badge Site Guide for Segedunum and Arbeia in 2009. She is also a Newcastle City Guide and has long links with the Grainger Market. She has given many tours of the Grainger Market to the public and is one of the few guides who has had access to the underground air raid shelter, that most people have not heard about, which was a former meat store.

Grainger Market was designed by John Dobson and opened in 1835 as part of Richard Grainger's redevelopment of the centre of Newcastle recently referred to as Grainger Town. It was built to replace an earlier Flesh Market that was situated in the middle of what is now Grey Street and had to be built quickly to allow Grainger to build the famous curved Grey Street, the centrepiece of his great vision for Newcastle. It was built in only eighteen months and it was opened with a public dinner featuring 2000 guests, all men. However, 300 ladies were seated on a specially erected balcony to witness the celebrations. The picture above shows this event and is on the wall in the Weigh House in Grainger Market.

At first, the market had 180 butcher stalls and a few vegetable stalls, but now houses a wide variety of stalls selling a wide range of goods. The roof over the former fruit and veg market has recently been replaced. The market is also famous for having the oldest Marks & Spencer shop in the country (the oldest had been in Leeds but was demolished some years ago).

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22nd June 2024,
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