St Austell Market House

This old building is of great historical and architectural importance. In the middle ages it was customary for Markets and Fairs to be held in Churchyards, but in the reign of Edward III a Law was passed to prohibit such activities on Church premises and the Markets transferred to some adjacent site nearby.

The site upon which the Market House now stands was previously used as Market Place and records show that in 1791 a small market building stood on the site.
 
It was totally inadequate for the needs of a growing market town and in 1842 an Act of Parliament was given Royal Assent by Queen Victoria to permit the people of St Austell to build a Market House and Town Hall on the site.

Meet the Maker

It was a first for the market house but not the last.

The St Austell Garden Festival 2019

The Garden Festival 2019 in St. Austell is a celebration of the famous gardens, surrounding landscapes, bio-diverse wildlife and all things green and gardening!

About St Austell Market House

At present the Market House board of Directors are working with partner organisations and Townscape Heritage Initiatives to develop a programme of restoration and renovation.

Board of Directors - New Members

As a board of volunteers, we aim to keep you posted as and when we can. If you haven't from us for a while its because we are beavering away in the back ground so please feel free to contact us.

Become a Friend

The Market House is now a 'Community Interest Company' and as such the restoration work will include not only space for retail tenants & markets but also space for community use. The large room at the front of the building was used as the Town Hall, maybe this could be become a large meeting room or exhibition space... what do you think?

St Austell Market House on Facebook

Into the Realm

Into the Realm - An independent Comics & Science Fiction Bookshop situated in the town of St Austell.

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The St Austell Market House is often described as the jewel in St Austell's crown, a marvellous old building dating from 1844. Restoration is badly needed and the Directors are, at present, working towards an application for up to £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the HLF require 10% of that to be funded locally and have therefore set up a "Friends Programme" to achieve this.

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