Swindon's Oldest Covered Market
Welcome to the new home of the Swindon Tented Market. We recently reaquired the website and now it's back!
Bigger, better, brighter and always upto date.
Currently there are some indoor and out door pitches available to compliment our long term traders. Contact Nik Hayward on the contact or more info link.
About 1800 the meat market was apparently very small, only attended
by one butcher who was the sole source of fresh meat in the town. In
1848 poultry and butter were sold weekly and cheese monthly. In New
Swindon facilities for the sale of country produce were first provided
in a covered market attached to the Mechanics' Institute.
In 1892 this was replaced by a new market off Commercial Road, provided
by the local market board. The triangular building provided 17 shops,
while the centre was an open space for country dealers.
If you look over the top center of the Market, you can see the Rollaston
Hotel, now the Rollaston Arms Public House.
The picture above is looking up Commercial road
with Farnsby Street to the left and Milton Road behind you. (Todays Road
names are used, but as you see from the Map circa. 1894, part of
Commercial Road was renamed to Milton road).
Well, they new a good thing and left the market
pretty much as it was until the Market was roofed over in 1903 and
then in 1906 was acquired by the
It stayed almost the same the same when the
Edwardian era came to an end in 1910 and continued as it was until the
There were minor alterations, the main market
entance above was demolished in this period and "modernised" but still
keeping the dove cot type spire from the original market hall.
In 1965 it was used mainly for the sale of fruit and vegetables, and
small items of hardware. Fridays and Saturdays were the principal market
The Victorian market building on the Commercial
Road site was demolished in 1976 as part of the complete reconstruction
of the town’s shopping centre, and the market relocated.
We have not been able to trace where it was
relocated to or any photo's. Please contact us if you
have any information to fill in this gap.
In 1991, Thamesdown Borough Council decided to move
the market it back to its original location, and
Urban Space Management
won a competition to find a development partner to design, build
and manage the new market. That partner was
An innovative and dynamic design was an essential part of the brief,
and USM’s response was a steel-framed fabric–roofed tented structure
that has become a landmark for miles around. The building was completed
in six months, and its five peaks represent the fairground that was
always part of market activity in country towns. The forty units
comprise a wide variety of traders, from the staple to the exotic, and
there are additional stalls and a performance space in the
pedestrianised area outside the building
The building has remained very much the same today as it
was when it was built in '94.
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