Bigg Market


Bigg Market, 1820Bigg is distinct variety of barley which was grown in the North of England and Scotland, it was one of the main crops, grown since Neolithic times. Oats were introduced in the Roman period and had become the main cereal by the 17th and 18th centuries. In the past Bigg was sold here and hence why it is called the Bigg Market; nearly is the Groat Market (Groat is oats without husks). It wasn't always located here: "The Corn Market was formerly held in an inconvenient situation at the foot of Pilgrim street but in May 1812 it was removed to the spacious area on the north side of St Nicholas church, near to which is the street called the Groat Market, where Oats and Bigg are exposed for sale." (W. Parson and W. White, 1827) Today the Bigg Market area has more than 20 bars, many with late licences, and a range of restaurants. It has over 30 listed buildings. The Bigg Market is also the starting point for the Blaydon Races held on June 9th each year.

The Bigg Market is a site of historical significance in Newcastle upon Tyne and dates back to Middle Ages, when it was the site of a thriving marketplace that formed an important part of the Great North Road. The market was named after a type of coarse barley, known as Bigg barley, that was widely sold from the stalls. Other nearby markets included the Cloth Market and the Groat Market. The Bigg Market is located close to Newcastle Cathedral.

The market was the former location of Newcastle’s old Town Hall, which was built between 1858 and 1863 and which housed a zoo in the 1960s. The building was demolished in 1973. It was also home to the city’s only theatre, as well as the Council Chamber from the mid-19th Century, until the opening of the current Newcastle Civic Centre in 1968.

More recently the Bigg Market has become known for its drinking culture and disorderly behaviour. It has more than 20 bars and restaurants housed in its 31 buildings, many of which are listed buildings in a state of some disrepair.

In February 2015 the business improvement district company for Newcastle city centre received initial support of £202,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Approximately £2.9M of combined funding is expected to be used to reinvigorate the Bigg Market by recreating the historic area in a commercially sustainable manner.

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060271:Bigg Market Newcastle upon Tyne L. Torday c.1972

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Historic Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne

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006114:Bigg Market Newcastle upon Tyne Richardson T.M. 1816

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012029:Bigg Market Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1933

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017413:Abbey National Building Society Bigg Market Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1969

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014364:Scotch Arms Bigg Market Newcastle upon Tyne c. 1880

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