Swansea Market


Originally built in 1652 as a market house with a roof in the nearby Castle Gardens. It moved to another site in Oxford Street where it became too small and a new site built in 1830. Due to the fast growing of the town it was yet again too small and in 1897 a new market was erected with the largest structure of glass and wrought iron works in the U.K. In the same year electricity was introduced. By 1920 there were over 670 stalls. The second world war and the Germans bomb made a direct hit. A make shift market was insitu while the site was cleared. Whilst funds were being raised in the 1940-50 the open air market continued. 1.25 million pounds was raised and in 1961 the market as we know now, was up and functioning.

Today there are a great variety of stalls to interest everyone.

In the centre is the famous Cockles stall selling Laver bread too. The girls wearing pristine white overalls and hats. Today, as there were not many customers, they chatted and laughed among themselves.

A pleasure to walk around with easy access to all.

Today I visited and enjoyed a coffee before going to the Fruit and Veg. stalls.

Always an abundance of fresh food. I was served by a very helpful lady who even gave me a taste of a new variety of plum – delicious. The name I cannot recall but very much like the Victoria Plum. This is my photo of what I bought.

Despite the rain outside it did not deter my spirits and enjoyed my shopping trip to Swansea Market




About marystreasurechest

Life provided me a long variety of experiences in skills, careers and hobbies. Countryside, nature, gardening, reading, cooking, knitting, cross-stitch. Originally from Reading/Newbury areas, now reside in S. Wales. Writing stories, telling tales of everyday life . Take a peep in my 'treasure chest' and enjoy your read. All work on this site is copyright of the owner
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