Market gets star upgrade

HALIFAX Borough Market is even more important than anyone thought.

Because of its rarity, English Heritage has decided to promote it from a Grade II-listed building to Grade II*.

Nine out of ten listed buildings are Grade II but only one in 20 have a star rating.

Built in the early 1890s, it is one of the country’s few surviving examples of a 19th century listed glazed market hall.

Calderdale Council’s economy and environment spokesman, Barry Collins said: “The market is a big part of Calderdale’s architectural heritage and is a fine example of its type – it’s also a really great place to shop,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

“We all hope that visitors will take time to come and see this splendid building and maybe spend some money there.”

The market was built by local architects Joseph and John Leeming, who gained a reputation for designing covered markets.

English Heritage has commended it for its elaborate glass roof, embellished by a richly ornate cast-iron structure, the original cast iron market clock and the perimeter shops.

The council has recently spent more than £400,000 restoring the market chimneys and is investigating how a row of upper storey houses facing Market Street can be used.