The Grainger Market first opened in October 1835, and a banquet was held to celebrate this New Market’s opening. The artist, Henry Perlee Parker (1795-1873) painted an oil painting to commentating the event. You can see a copy of this painting in the Weigh House, Alley 2. The original is held in the Laing Art Gallery. You can also see the painting on the BBC’s Web site.
Originally the Grainger Market was divided into a butchers’ (or flesh) market, which is now Alleys One to Four, and a vegetable market, which is now the Grainger Arcade.
The Grainger Arcade originally had a wooden framed roof, which sadly burnt down at the turn of the last century. It was replaced in 1904 with a new roof made of steel and glass which still stands today.
Nowadays there are 14 entranceways to the Market, but there used to be 12 entranceways. Two were turned into shops, and four new ones were created so there’s no shop number 47, 71, 116 or 140!