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Wellingborough Market through the ages

Published Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Permanent display screens featuring market scenes from 1860 to the present day were installed on Wellingborough Market this week.

Scenes give a brief history of the market through the ages and include the old corn exchange on the market square pictured in 1902, the last ever cattle market in 1905, Gillit & Gillit Auctioneers in 1920 and fruit stalls in the 1970s.

The display screens were commissioned by the Borough Council of Wellingborough, following discussions with market traders, and will act as a windbreak, along with providing extra security for the stalls which back onto Orient Way. 

Councillor Graham Lawman, Chair of the Market Working Party said: “there have been some wonderful compliments from passers-by.  An 83 year-old gentleman has spotted his wife pictured at the fruit and veg stall in 1975.”

The screens are part of a market regeneration programme, that has included a new stall layout and the creation of a dedicated events space, which will be available for community groups and charities to use free of charge, for non-revenue generating events. Further improvements to market will be seen later this year.