Market Tales Trip to Accrington and Preston

As part of our Market Tales project, on the 15th March 2018, a group from Barrow-in-Furness spent a day visiting two of the North-West’s historic markets. In the morning we visited Accrington Market, built in 1868/9, the same period as Barrow’s original markets. Now a Grade II listed building, it was refurbished in 2010 at a cost of £2 million, with new stalls being built and the original stone flooring being uncovered. The market was very charming and had a brilliant array of hot food, unique second hand goods, fresh-fruit, vegetables and a great haberdashery stall.

In the afternoon we travelled on to Preston, where the new market development opened in February this year. We had an excellent in-depth tour from Dave Bullock, the Market Manager of Preston Market. Underneath the original 1875 Canopy, restored in 2016, are the Outdoor and Secondhand Markets. The new indoor Market Hall is also built under the 1875 Canopy, comprising a modern glass and timber clad “open box” structure. It contains both stalls relocated from the old market and new stalls. Under the old Fish Market Canopy is the new Box Market based on refurbished shipping containers. The new Markets main focus is food, with hot food, delicious drinks, speciality cheeses, meats and local produce on offer in abundance.

We also had a chance to tour Preston’s old indoor market, build in the 1970s and recently vacated by traders. It is soon to be demolished as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the centre of Preston.

To find out more about both Market’s visit:

Accrington Market

Preston Market

During our trip – we were recommended other markets in the Northwest including:

Todmorden Market

Bury Market

Photographs and writing by Derek Bradley, a Market Tales volunteer