Oxford Markets England
11.10.2015 - 11.10.2015
The market is located to the north of the High Street towards the western end between Cornmarket Street and Turl Street. To the north is Market Street. Most of the entrances are from the High Street and Market Street (with four entrances from each street). It is also possible to gain access from Cornmarket via the Golden Cross alley, with its small up-market shops.
Centred in the middle of the City, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street the Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aroma’s. The building dates back to the 1770’s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage.
The Covered Market was officially opened on 1 November 1774 and is still active today. It was started in response to a general wish to clear 'untidy, messy and unsavoury stalls' from the main streets of central Oxford.
John Gwynn, the architect of Magdalen Bridge, drew up the plans and designed the High Street front with its four entrances. In 1772, the newly formed Market committee, half of whose members came from the town and half from the university, accepted an estimate of nine hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings, for the building of twenty butchers' shops.
Twenty more soon followed, and after 1773 meat was allowed to be sold only inside the market. From this nucleus the market grew, with stalls for garden produce, pig meat, dairy products and fish.
The Market has always been an attraction for visiting tourists, providing a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. We are proud that the majority of our businesses are independent and with some going back generations. With over 40 traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery to name but a few it is the unique ‘one stop shop’. No one coming to Oxford should miss a visit and with the continued support from local residents, students and businesses it will continue to thrive – so visit us soon and enjoy the personal bespoke customer service together with first class products.
The Covered Market is open to the public from 8 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sundays. However, all the businesses have their own opening times and some do not open on Sundays so please check