Oxford Covered Market features more than 50 traders selling fresh produce, gifts, fashion, flowers and jewellery, and provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. The majority of the businesses are independent and with some going back generations.
Oxford Covered Market, which was designed by Magdalen Bridge architect John Gwynn, first opened as a market for meat, fish, vegetables and herbs on 1 November 1774. It was then enlarged several times, rebuilt and fully roofed over during the 19th century.
Original iron roof supports can easily be seen even today. Iron bars projecting from shopfronts that date from the 19th century and were used to hang meat. The Covered Market has been in continual use as a market for almost 250 years.
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