Saturday 3 December 2011 Spenborough Guardian
HECKMONDWIKE’s historic outdoor market is to close after 201 years in the town centre.
The market, which received its official charter in 1810, closes tomorrow.
From Tuesday, outdoor stall holders are relocating to the indoor market to join stall holders there.
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said the decision was made to merge the markets to ‘create a more vibrant atmosphere in the main indoor market and give customers a more inviting shopping experience.’
She said the indoor market was ‘thriving’ with its butcher’s, greengrocer’s and a new cafe alongside the cooked meat and pie shop, sweet stall and clothing stalls.
When it was first set up the outdoor market was only held on a Saturday. Anyone could put up a stall for 2d.
After the Fairs and Clauses Act of 1866 tolls were increased which was unpopular with traders.
It was agreed the Heckmondwike’s market place would be paved and stalls provided. The new market opened on February 29, 1868, and a big celebration was held in the town centre.
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