Market Place busy in 1880

The Worksop Market Place in 1880.
The Worksop Market Place in 1880.

THIS week’s Archive Corner picture shows Worksop Market Place in about 1880.

The buildings on the right were demolished after the Second World War and the area then became used for an open market.

Forrest Ironmongers, seen on the left, was a well-known shop which remained in business until the 1950s.

The Royal Hotel has been closed for a number of years but the Lion Hotel, an old coaching hostelry, remains.

Worksop market has a long history dating back to 1296.

That was the year when King Edward I gave a charter for a market for the Feast of St Cuthbert.

Open air retail markets are held on Wednesday (Charter Market), Friday and Saturday of each week.

Regular stall holders include butchers and fishmongers, retailers of soft furnishings, clothes, jewellery and shoes.

Other produce available includes the freshest fruit and vegetables, flowers, bread and cakes, and free range eggs.

The market now operates with stalls along the length of Bridge Street, bringing a new vibrancy to the town on market days.

This photo is included in the book Bygone Bassetlaw, published in 1983 by Bassetlaw Council.

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