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Please note:  This Web site is made by the Grainger Market & Arcade Traders’ Association.  It is not maintained, run or endorsed by Newcastle City Council, who is the owner and operator of the Grainger Market.  See our terms & conditions.


Web site design by Karl Wilson.







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A Pocket History of Grainger Market


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!


Heritage Open Days in September are sometimes arranged, please ask in the Weigh House for further information and for more details.


Newcastle’s City Guides City have a variety of guided walks from all over the city.  The City Highlights walk passes though the Grainger Market.  Read more here.

Some Key Dates

October 1835—A diner is held to commemorate the Grainger Market’s opening.


1901—A fire burns down the original wooden roof of the Arcade, which is replaced with a steel glazed roof which you can still see today.


2010—The Grainger Market celebrates it 175th birthday with a week of Victorian-themed activities.

Who’s Who

Richard Grainger

The developer in charge of the redevelopment of 19th century Newcastle, including the creation of Grainger Town with it a new market, the Grainger Market.


John Dobson

The architect who designed and oversaw the construction of the original Grainger Market.

Weigh House

Straddling Alleys 1 & 2 is the Weigh House.  Original is was used to check the weight of deliveries, fish, meat and produce.


But today its visitors who can get weighed in there.  There’s also a collection of leaflets and information about Newcastle and what’s on in the city centre.


Please note opening hours vary.

Photograph of the Weigh House and its sign.

Air Raid Shelters

There are two air raid shelters surviving below the floor of the Grainger Market Arcade.  Newcastle City Council occasionally uncover a view of the steps which lead down to one of the air raid shelters.  Unfortunately its not possible to go into the shelter itself.

Photograph of the (normally sealed) steps leading down to the Air Raid Shelter.MARKETGrainger


Discover more online

There are some great Web sites which explore the Grainger Market’s history.  Here are a few:


Co-Curate from Newcastle University