Competition brought a decline in footfall and purchasing power. Traders with markets in their blood, forced to close. The Hall’s cycle of decline hastened. In poor repair, it fell foul to flooding and leaking roofs. A general gloom of resignation set in. The town would have to accept losing a vital part of its proud heritage, a heritage since 1851.
Then the story that’s familiar to so many towns changes. A committed group of residents came together with the remaining Market stallholders. They petitioned the Council and showed they were better placed to run the Hall. Drawing on their own expertise, they drafted an outline plan to save the Market Hall from further decay and make it new heart of the town.