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Cardiff Central Market, Castle

Description: Cardiff Central Market

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 May 1975
Cadw Building ID: 13811

OS Grid Coordinates: 318254, 176350
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4797, -3.1773

Location: 2A The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1WB, UK CF10 1AU

Locality: Castle
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF10 1AU

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Listing Text

On large site between Trinity Street and St Mary Street, with Trinity Street entrance opposite St John's Gardens.

Opened 8 May 1891. By William Harpur, Borough Engineer of Cardiff, replacing Edward Haycock's market of 1835. The redevelopment of Market Buildings on St Mary Street in 1884-1886 spurred Cardiff Borough to rebuild the market. The elaborate wrought iron and steel shed, and cast iron window tracery are by Andrew Handyside & Co, of Derby. The building cost under 16000, and provided stalls for 349 traders, lit by 720 gas burners. Restored for its centenary 1988-1991.

Triangular fish market with iron-framed roof leads to main hall with its complex wrought-iron and steel glazed roof. Eight bays; lattice-girder principals, steel tie bars with scrolls to centres, wrought-iron stanchions with decorative brackets: arcaded glazing to each bay. Bays originally enclosed 3 stalls (some now combined); fascia boards. Continuous gallery on iron pillars (which articulate stalls below); wrought-iron parapet. Two sets of stairs to E and W ends with iron parapets. Many stalls bear original cast-iron mumbers; 2 storey market superintendant's office surmounted by clock. At NW corner, on ground floor, a cast-iron K6 type telephone kiosk.

Three bay classical facade of yellow brick and grey Forest of Dean ashlar. Three equal-height bays with stone pediments and pilasters. Central opening has elliptical arch enclosing upper wrought iron grille with date "1891, inscription "Cardiff market", and borough arms. Outer bays have narrower arched windows with cast iron tracery. Above facade, iron and glass gable end of main hall is visible. At St Mary Street entrance, beneath archway of Market buildings, pair of elaborate wrought-iron gates.

Reason for Listing
Graded II* as amongst most ambitious civic market buildings in Wales.

Brian Ll James & Philip Ryden, Cardiff Central Market 1891-1991, Cardiff 1991.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

On large site between Trinity Street and St Mary Street, with Trinity Street entrance opposite St John's Gardens.

Source: Cadw

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