You can visit the Grainger Market’s Web site, made by the Grainger Market & Arcade Traders’ Association.
There’s an excellent resource on the BBC’s Web site about the Grainger Market’s history. The web page is a number of years old, but it has a snap shot of the Grainger Market’s history as well as links to short videos of the Grainger Market of yesteryear.
The web page is part of the BBC’s Nation on Film series.
There may be over 100 shops in the Grainger Market, but if you don’t already know where it is, some people find it tricky to find. It’s earned the title ‘hidden gem’.
The Grainger Market is in the very heart of Newcastle city centre, just a few hundred metres away from Grey’s Monument and the metro station. Eldon Square bus station in close by, as are the Eldon Square and New Bridge Street car parks. And if you’re travelling to Newcastle by train, walk out of Central Station, head up Grainger Street and the Grainger Market is on your left hand side.
There are 14 entrances to the Grainger Market. There’s two on Grainger Street, near to where Grainger Street turns into Market Street. There are five entrances on Nelson Street – if you’re heading from Monument to Central Station, take your very first right and the five entranceways are on your left hand side. There’s a further two enrtranceways from Clayton Street oppostie the ways into Eldon Square. ANd finally, there’s a further five entrances from Nun Street.
Once you’ve walked through the entranceways is like stepping into a totally different environment, and you’ll have the opportunity to wander up and down the alleyways and arcades!
The Grainger Market had a green, white and purple theme yesterday, and many ‘Votes for Women’ placards could be seen on the shops throughout the market. Staff from Beamish Museum and Newcastle City Guides dressed up in costumes dating from Emily Davison’s time.
Emily Davison lived in Nothumberland, so there was also a local connection. You can read more about Emily Davison on the BBC’s Web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-22825692.
The event started at Newcastle’s Haymarket, and before the group arrived in the Grainger Market Arcade for a tea party, there was a march down Northumberland Street and a speech at the Monument.
The centenary marks 100 years since Emily Davison’s death after she collided with the King’s horse. There was a great atmosphere in the Grainger Market, but the event also drew us a little closer to our history and carried an important message for us all.
Read the fourth story in our series, this one has been written by our cousin Alanah McMahon.
Why I love the Grainger Market
I didn’t know all that much about the Grainger Market until my cousin, Vicky, opened a shop here. But since then, what a find!?
I had this impression from years back that it was all about butchers and vegetables, but how wrong was I? As you wander down the alleyways you pass by shop after shop. Are you looking for books? Perfect. Are you looking for dance wear? No problem! There’s quality products from food and drink to shoes and clothes! The pizza from Slice on Alley 4 is to die for. The coffee from Pumphrey’s is excellent; I can recommend the Bigg Market blend. Looking for a locally brewed craft beer? You need go no further than the newly opened shop, glug… in the Grainger Arcade. And if you like Dr Marten’s shoes, you must stop by Scorpio Shoes. The list goes on and on, and I haven’t even mentioned my cousin’s custom-designed jewellery!
And the service is fantastic, too. Imagine walking into a shop and the shopkeeper knows your name? It’s like having a personal shopper in every shop you visit! I’ve never found anywhere that’s better for personal service.
As a student it’s ideal for me as well. There’s a mix of big name brands and local, independent shops. It’s good to see money spent locally being used locally and staying within the North East’s economy, especially in these troubled times. And with over 100 different shops, there’s plenty of choice.
The reason I discovered the Grainger Market again was because of my cousin’s shop, but since then I’ve been addicted. I’m still amazed at how much the Grainger Market has changed in recent years.
Come and see why I love the Grainger Market, you won’t be disappointed.
I can remember coming to the Grainger Market as a little girl.
My mother would bring me every Friday, and I still visit on a Friday now! She had a regular pattern of shops to visit for the weekly shopping, and afterwards we used to make our way across the road to the now-disappeared Green Market.
Times have changed a lot in the last 70 years, but the Grainger Market building itself hasn’t actually changed that much structurally over that time. It’s good to see that while many markets have come and gone, the Grainger Market itself has kept going and is indeed thriving.
What has changed, though, is the quality and varied range of products available in the Grainger Market. It’s a must visit place when I come into town precisely because it has such a variety of interesting shops. Everything you can’t get in the main shops on the High Street, I find you can always get in the Grainger Market! My favourite shops are the craft stalls, there’s a wool stall, a craft stall and of course this shop!
Friendly people, happy faces, what more could you want from shopping!
A story all about our postman, Mr Corbett.
“I’ve only recently become the postman who delivers letters and other mail to the Grainger Market’s businesses. Our postal rounds were being re-organised a little while back, and I knew
that this was the round that I wanted!”
“Everyday I get to speak to lovely people. It’s fun watching the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Grainger Market.”
But his connection doesn’t stop there. We were talking one day and he told me he is a keen family historian. We were talking about his brother and it turns out his brother, Jim Corbett is an author who writes books on World War Two air craft crashes.
And where can you find his brother’s book? Well, they’re as popular as ever and you can find them in the Grainger Market, at Robinson’s Bookstore on Alley 2!
“I remember my dad bringing me to Robinson’s Bookstore as a child, it’s fantastic that I can see my brother’s book in there when I visit nowadays!”
Books by J. Corbett
Air Crash Northumbria
“The Grainger Market is like a wonderful little oasis of home in the middle of a big busy city far away from the only home I was used to. I have never been much of a city-dweller so finding this lovely big old market here when I moved away from the Welsh village I’d grown up in was a god-send.
It’s a home away from home which bursts at the seems with character and charm. The sights, the sounds and the people make this place what it is with it’s rows of fish mongers, book shops, arts n’ crafts, fruit & veg and butchers. It is the people who make a place and every time I sit down in the market with a cup of tea I end up having a conversation with a stranger which makes my day. There’s no better place to do my grocery shopping!
When my Stepdad was a young lad he used to work on Saturdays at one of the market’s butchers 50 years ago and was delighted to return when I moved here. He set out on his personal mission to find where he worked as a lad with a bag of Chocolate Chewing Nuts while my mother and I went coffee hunting and bought wonderful dressed crabs fresh out of the north sea.”
We’ve been asking you about why you love the Grainger Market! Here’s what you said!