Brilliant nostalgic photos of Warrington Market in the 1970s

THIS week in Looking Back we look back at the story of one of the city’s markets – the old fish market – which came to an end 40 years ago.

This photo from the 1970s shows shoppers looking for fresh fish and cheese that were among the items for sale.

Originally built as an open shed adjoining a covered hall, it was designed by Stevens as part of an early regeneration of the area in the mid-1850s.

It is one of the structures to be featured in a book by the city’s heritage manager, Janice Hayes, titled Warrington in 50 Buildings.

In the 1970s, the structure was obscured by ugly side panels that protected shopkeepers and shoppers from the weather.

The market buildings were bulldozed in the late 1970s to make way for the Carré d’Or with the traditional surroundings retained and remodeled.

The old market in the 1970s

Now restored to its former glory as the focal point of the Place du Vieux Marché, it is used by the Carré d’Or to host many festivals and entertainments.

It housed the Warrington Christmas Markets and was the place where the Christmas lights were switched on.

It has also hosted the Warrington Music Festival in the past and is now used for activities as diverse as comedy nights and live TV screenings of major football matches.

The market is close to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party granite sculpture.

Designed by Edwin Russell and featuring characters by Daresbury author Lewis Carroll, it was commissioned by Legal and General – the property giant who invested in the development of Golden Square.

The statue was unveiled by Prince Charles and Princess Diana in May 1984.

The name Golden Square was taken from a historical map of the area which referred to a property on the site once owned by a Mr. Goulden. Not Golden Gates as commonly thought.

Janice Hayes’ book Warrington in 50 Buildings is now available in bookstores.

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