16 nostalgic photos of the Grainger Market through the decades- what do you recognise?

Let’s look back at the Grainger Market’s past.

The Grainger Market is one of Newcastle’s most historic and beloved buildings.

Opened in 1835, the Grade I listed building has been an important part of Newcastle’s identity for nearly 200 years.

Designed by John Dobson, it was named after Richard Grainger who shaped much of the city centre we know and love today by leading the redevelopment of it in the 19th Century.

The opening was officially attended by 2,000 people, all of whom were men.

It was initially split into two parts: a meat market in the eastern section and a vegetable section constructed in a large open-plan hall in the west. Of course, there remains to be a number of butchers and veg sellers, but that number has been considerably reduced.

Today, the market is home to over 100 small businesses and independent traders ranging from food to clothes, jewellers and opticians.

The Grainger Market is renowned for its bustling food scene which seems to be growing constantly. You can tuck into Chinese dumplings at Dumpling & Bub, or feast on fried chicken and Fed’s before sampling delicious treats at Pet Lamb Patisserie- to name but a few. The market’s latest addition is Sri Lankan eatery Street Food Sri Lanka.

But let’s look back at the Grainger Market’s past.

Here we have 16 incredible photographs, thanks to Newcastle Libraries.

Take a look and let us know your memories.