Birmingham City Council

Markets Wholesale Markets History

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In 1816, the Street Commissioners purchased the old moated Manor House of the De Birmingham family and a year later opened the Smithfield Cattle Market on the site which now forms part of the Wholesale Markets Precinct.

The Old St. Martin's Market was used as a Wholesale Market until 1897. The Wholesale Fish Market in Bell Street was opened in 1869 and demolished in 1958.

St. Martin's Lane opened in 1883 and was divided into two sections, the larger upper part forming the wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, and the lower part, bordering Moat Row, initially used as a toll market for farmers and growers. The lower part was also home to the retail Rag Market each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon selling clothing, hardware and manufactured goods.

A Cattle and Pig Market in Montague Street was opened in 1892.

The City Meat Market and Abattoir in Bradford Street opened in 1897. The deterioration of the old Smithfield and City Meat Markets, the loss of the Fish Markets in Bell Street for the new Inner Road, and congestion of the narrow streets around the wholesale area, all led to the decision to build a new Wholesale Market complex. In February 1974 phase 1 of the scheme, the New Fish, Meat and Poultry Markets, was opened for trade.