They traded right up to 9pm

Photo:Upper Gardner Street Market in 1928

Upper Gardner Street Market in 1928

Photo:The Market in the 1940s

The Market in the 1940s

Photo:1940s

1940s

Photo:1950s

1950s

Photo:1971

1971

Photo:Date unknown

Date unknown

Upper Gardner Street market

By Jackie Fuller, North Laine resident

The Upper Gardner Street Market has great historical importance and is potentially a great draw to our unique North Laine area.

They traded until 9pm

From accounts given by those who have traded there for a considerable time it would seem that at one time the Market used to stay open until about 9pm. This was so that visitors to the meat auctions in Sydney Street late on Saturday (at a time when the butchers had no freezers and had to sell everything by the end of the day!) could also buy from the traders' stalls in passing that way, which was then the popular route for this reason on the Market day.

It changed during and after the war

This late opening apparently ended only at the start of the Second World War when the use of lamps on the stalls was prohibited because of the blackout regulations. Trading still continued until darkness and this only changed when in the 1970s or thereabouts the Market became almost a Brighton version of Bermondsey or Portabello and antiques traders became the mainstay. Antiques traders came as both buyers and sellers from many parts of the country and even from overseas.

(With thanks to Alan Fitchett, a North Laine trader, for the above information and also for the photographs from his collection)

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 196, January/February 2009]

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