History & Gallery

The English Market in the 1980’s

There was renewed interest in the restored market, but the economic recession of the 1980’s had a profound effect on the city and it’s retail traders, including those in the English Market.  The number of vacant stalls increased.  Difficulties were compounded when a further fire damaged Princes Street Market on 6th January 1986.  The fire started in the gallery and destroyed 4 stalls there and another 4 on the ground floor.  A portion of the roof was also damaged but the efficient response of the City Fire Brigade prevented any further loss. Over £150,000 worth of damage was caused but the repair work was not as extensive as previously and traders were able to resume business within a short time.

The English Market survived the recession of the 1980’s.  However, as had happened in 1973, a new development proposal for the English Market was entertained in 1988, which would see demolition of the Market, and its replacement with a multi-storey car park and shopping complex, with ground floor space for a market area.  Again, this proposed redevelopment did not go ahead.

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