Bigg Market, Cloth Market, Groat Market

The Bigg Market is a site of historical significance in Newcastle upon Tyne and dates back to Middle Ages, when it was the site of a thriving marketplace that formed an important part of the Great North Road. The market was named after a type of coarse barley, known as Bigg barley, that was widely sold from the stalls. Other nearby markets included the Cloth Market and the Groat Market. The Bigg Market is located close to Newcastle Cathedral.

The market was the former location of Newcastle’s old Town Hall, which was built between 1858 and 1863 and which housed a zoo in the 1960s. The building was demolished in 1973. It was also home to the city’s only theatre, as well as the Council Chamber from the mid-19th Century, until the opening of the current Newcastle Civic Centre in 1968.

More recently the Bigg Market has become known for its drinking culture and disorderly behaviour. It has more than 20 bars and restaurants housed in its 31 buildings, many of which are listed buildings in a state of some disrepair.

In February 2015 the business improvement district company for Newcastle city centre received initial support of £202,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Approximately £2.9M of combined funding is expected to be used to reinvigorate the Bigg Market by recreating the historic area in a commercially sustainable manner.

Description courtesy of Wikipedia


More Information:
Co-Curate's pages on Bigg Market, Cloth Market and Groat Market
Soults retail View - Remember Maurice Gerald at 6 Bigg Market, Newcastle?
Chronicle Live - The winter zoo which was housed in Newcastle's Bigg Market in the mid-1960s
Chronicle Live - Step back in time to Newcastle's Bigg Market and a 'lost' England of 1920
The Journal - Newcastle Bigg Market set for £2.9m redevelopment
The Journal - CGIs show how Newcastle's Bigg Market could look after £2.9m regeneration


July 2018
A few photos showing the ongoing regeneration. Scroll down for older photos.







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Bigg Market

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Cloth Market

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Groat Market

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