Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, opened for business on 24 October 1835 and was constructed as part of the 19th century redevelopment of the city to replace markets on the site of Grey Street. The market was designed by John Dobson and named after Richard Grainger who developed the centre of Newcastle that became known as Grainger Town. Grainger was said to ‘have found Newcastle of bricks and timber and left it in stone’ and according to wikipedia of Grainger Town’s 450 buildings 244 are listed, of which 29 are grade I and 49 are grade II*.
The Market was split into two sections: the eastern part – a meat market laid out in a series of aisles, and the western vegetable market constructed as a large open-plan hall. The market has now changed considerably although there are still a number of butchers’ stalls there. The market is said to have the smallest branch of Marks & Spencer, a market stall known as Marks and Spencer’s Original Penny Bazaar.
These photographs were taken by the late Jimmy Forsyth and Robert Hope who in the early 1970s took out a bank loan to buy a Rolleiflex camera.
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