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 a 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.

Craft Fair & Live Music Event

Complementing the annual Green and Whitegold Festival, we are holding a craft fair with live music to keep us entertained.

A View from a Distance

This spectacular art installation has arrived at the market house and has been carefully built back together by Tana West, the Austell Project - International Prize winner 2019.

National Lockdown update

Latest National Lockdown status for St Austell Market House CIC

Townscape Heritage Scheme Works - Continue

Focusing on the entrance to the building to make it much more welcoming and attractive both externally and internally by revealing its magnificent architectural features.

St Austell Market House CIC awarded up to 10,000

St Austell-based entrepreneur St Austell Market House CIC awarded up to 10,000 and place on learning programme to improve local community

Repairs and Essential Maintenance

We are having some essential repairs done. Follow our progress here.

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.

St Austell Market House on Facebook

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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