One of Cardiff’s Victorian landmarks got a makeover this weekend to help celebrate its 120th anniversary.
The Trinity Street entrance of Cardiff’s Indoor Market – seen in its previous form below – has been under-wraps for weeks as Cardiff council performs restoration work.
Upgrades to the entrance, which have cost in the region of £30,000, have included stone and brickwork repairs to the Grade II listed building.
The scaffolding came down much to the relief of struggling market traders.
Jamie Sullivan – who runs three fruit and veg stalls in the market – said he was losing £3,000-a-week due to the work.
He said: “My numbers are down every week since they started it. People just don’t think the market is open.
“We should be much busier over the weekend but people don’t come through here anymore.”
Nick Adams – who runs Ashton’s the fishmonger’s which has been trading since the market opened in 1891 – said he hadn’t really noticed the work.
“I did not notice it happening really,” he said, “I think it would be good once it’s finished, but I don’t really know what they are doing with the work.”
25-year-old Victoria Acheson from Riverside who regularly shops at the market said it was good to see the work happening.
She said: “I think it’s important we support the market, as it’s really good local and fresh produce. People would miss it if it’s gone.
“I can see why traders would be annoyed with the scaffolding, if I came down The Hayes I might not realise it’s open.”
The market was opened on May 8, 1891 by the Marchioness of Bute and Cardiff council said they are proud to be restoring the market.
Executive member for finance and service delivery, Coun Mark Stephens, said: “Cardiff Central Market has played an integral part in the city’s retail economy over hundreds of years from its beginnings as a farmers’ market in the 1700s to its current position today.
“We recognise that the market still has an important role to play in the creation of the Castle Quarter and are delighted to have been able to invest in maintaining this jewel at the heart of the city. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the market’s 120 years providing a wealth of goods to the people of Cardiff than with this celebration of a fantastic, historical building.”
Chairman of the Cardiff Civic Society – a charity which supports the built environment in the city – said it was good to see the council restoring historic buildings.
He said: “I think it’s important that we look after our older buildings. It will be good to see the entrance again and the work the council have done.”
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