Have you seen the original features at Abingdon Street Market?
Did you know that, originally built in 1862, the first use for the building was as a police station! Have you spotted this original sign which was uncovered above the entrance?
Did you know that the road between St Johns Church and the market was called Police Street? Have you got any old photos of Abingdon Street Market?
Thanks to VFC Contributor Juliette Gregson and the Blackpool’s Past Facebook Group for this photo of the Police Station sign when it was uncovered –
- The building began life as a Police Station – the mock Tudor look was added when the police moved out.
- It was then used as a garages workshop and one of the town’s first car showrooms, operated by the Jackson Brothers.
- Then it later became Blackpool Market around 1925 and was renamed Abingdon Street Market in 1928.
- Over time, many of the original features of the building have been lost, including the thoroughfare for horse and cart access at the front, along with the ornate ironwork lantern.
Old Abingdon Street
Take a look at these photos of old Abingdon Street, including the market buildings, Post Office and more. (This is a gallery – swipe left/right to view).
Thanks to David Wall, Marilynne Tomlinson, Andrew Ayre and Juliette Gregson for information and photos for this article.
Abingdon Street Market – improving a Heritage Asset
The market isn’t a listed building, but at over 150 years old it’s considered a heritage asset to the town, and in fact the funding for the refurbishment came from a Townscape Heritage Initiative grant, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from Blackpool Council.
The works to improve the front of the market started in spring 2012, and by Easter the building was shrouded in scaffolding. The market stayed open and continued to trade as normal.
The latest Tudor facade was removed and replaced to restore the ‘balance and symmetry intended in the original design’, along with new windows, and a new facade at ground floor. A new, more impressive entrance way was created, which also makes the market fully accessible for disabled people.
The new lettering spelling out ‘Abingdon Street Market’ on the front of the building, is made with individual letters. They’re cut from 40mm thick oak, which is varnished and coated in real gold leaf. This traditional method doesn’t tarnish and in fact improves with age.
The back of Abingdon Street Market had already been rendered and re-painted. This follows on from the other works in the St John’s Square area, to make the market an appealing building that fits in with the outdoor dining and pedestrianised feel of that area of town.
Local Shopping in Abingdon Street Market
With a front and rear entrance Abingdon Street Market is a useful shortcut from the Talbot Road end of town through to the central shopping areas. You can pick up a thing or two on your way!
There are some really good stalls in the market. It’s a popular place for residents and visitors alike. You can buy fresh bread, meat, vegetables and fish all under one roof.
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