Grainger Market

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Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Grainger Market Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Traditional market stalls Nov 11, 2017
Although it has been recently refurbished, this market in the centre of town retains much the same character and range of stalls that it has held for years. It’s a good place to come for fresh fruit and vegetables, and there are several butchers selling locally produced meat from the farms of Northumberland. But in addition to these there are a number of idiosyncratic Newcastle establishments. These include the Weigh House, where you can be weighed for a charge of 10p – many locals go regularly to check up on their weight. There is also a very early branch of Marks & Spencer, dating back to 1895 when it was a Penny Bazaar – this is the world's smallest Marks and Spencer store. These days the items on sale cost rather more than a penny but there are still end of range bargains to be had.

Another long-standing institution is Robinsons, a second-hand book stall, while the Northern Optical Company has been here since 1894. You’ll also find a couple of good haberdashery stalls (fabrics and sewing materials), a Chinese foodstuffs shop (a recent addition) and tobacconists, including the aptly-named Cheap Tab Shop – “tab” is Geordie for cigarette.

By the way, you may also find locals referring to this as the "covered-in market", for obvious reasons, but the signs all say Grainger Market so don't be misled.
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Grainger Market Oct 06, 2012
Grainger Market is near Monument, with enterances from Grainger Street, unsurprisingly :D, Nelson Street and Clayton Street.

Built in 1835, by Richard Grainger, it was originally a Butchers Market, and revolutionised shopping in it's day as the largest indoor market in Europe. At the time of opening the local paper described it as being the most beautiful in the world.

Still close to it's original state, the main difference being that it's wooden roof was burnt down and replaced with a 'railway station' type glass arch roof in 1901.

Still a thriving market, with a great variety of stalls and shops. Home to the smallest Marks & Spencers in the world, Marks & Spencers Original Penny Bazaar, which has been there since 1895. Also still has the old Weigh House, a legal requirement at the time of building.

Has stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, traditional butchers, clothes,toys and one that just sold biscuits.

The Market has an exhaibition area where events are sometimes staged, and also at times has themed markets. Plenty of little cafes in it to sit and have a cuppa.

Nice place to go in and have a look around for a short while and apreciate the history of it.
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