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Inverness Victorian Market

Lying between Queen's Gate, Union Street, Church Street and Academy Street, with a grand entrance on latter, the Victorian Market is situated in the centre of Inverness and known for its range of unique small shops and stalls. Constructed 1876-70 by Inverness Town Council, the building replaced open-air markets which had been held in the vicinity for many years. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire and had to be rebuilt twenty years later. The triple-arched Academy Street entrance colonnade, in sandstone ashlar and featuring carved bull's and rams' heads on the keystones, is all that remains of the original building. Leading from this is the Market Arcade, comprising a row of shops which extend into the Market Hall, with its timber and glass roof supported on cast-iron columns. The Market hall was once a fish market and marks on the sandstone arch which leads from Church Street show where fish merchants sharpened their knives. Today, the market building is B-listed and operated by Highland Council on behalf of its owners, the Inverness Common Good Fund. This is one of just five Victorian Arcades remaining in Scotland.


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