About The Markets

The Market Today

A Vibrant Market. A Vibrant Town

Todmorden’s two markets, indoor and open air, are a key part of Todmorden life that makes it a true market town.

Todmorden nestles in the confluence of three steep sided valleys in the South Pennines, on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire with grand architecture that punches above it’s weight as a market town. The markets are at the centre of the town near the grand Town Hall and an impressive railway viaduct built by George Stephenson.

Market History

There has been a market in Todmorden for over 200 years. Todmorden’s first market was held in 1802 at White Hart Fold, near St. Mary’s Church. When the Local Board took control of the market it looked for a larger site and in 1868 bought the land for the present market place.

The next development was the building of the Public Market Hall by Dugdale of Hebden Bridge. In April 1879, Mr John Fielden, the chairman of the Local Board laid the cornerstone and on December 29th of the same year he opened the finished building. On the day of the opening ceremony many townspeople filled the streets, which were decked with bunting and there was a large procession from the town hall. At the ceremony, the clerk to the board placed a time capsule in a wall.

In the market today people can buy everything from locally grown fruit and vegetables to speciality sausages, and from flowers, to second hand shoes.

The Market in the 1950s
Todmorden Market in the 1950s. Image courtesy of Roger Birch - Todmorden Album.