The transformation of charter markets into food halls is having a disruptive effect on local suppliers and local economy writes Sandra Shevey.
It is a persistent trend growing not only in the UK but all across Europe. And the question is: does the legal status of charter markets ensure longevity?
I recently visited two East Midlands charter markets to see what was going on.
Derby market received its charter from King John in 1204. Originally an outdoor market it sustained as such (called the Morledge market) until the Seventies when the city council decided to redevelop the 1930 bus station and build the Eagle Centre shopping mall around Eagle Street: an ancient Derby thoroughfare.
The market hall by Thorburn and Thompson was built in 1864-6 for £29,000 in an attempt to excise bull-baiting, riot and crime from the open market.
The hall is mentioned by Pevsner as an architectural gem of red brick in the Italianate manner enhanced by an iron and glass roof, 22 decorative columns, Gothic windows and a gallery under which shops and stalls do business.
The Cathedral Quarter market hall was closed for restoration in 1989 when traders were re-located to a temporary structure and re-admitted back to the refurbished hall on existing terms and conditions. Rentals for stalls run from £300-600 per month on a six day week (Monday – Saturday) (7:30am – 5:30pm)
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