Covered Market (Oxford) Reviews
Description:The Covered Market was started in response to a general wish to clear untidy, mess and unsavoury stalls from the main ... more
Covered Market (Oxford) ... streets. John Gwynn architect of Magdalen Bridge, drew up the plans and designed the High Street front with its four entrances. In 1772 the newly-formed Market committee (half of whose members came from the town and half from the university) accepted an estimate of nine hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings, for building twenty butchers shops. Twenty more soon followed and after 1773 meat was only allowed to be sold inside the market. From this nucleus the market grew, with stalls for garden produce, pig meat, dairy products and fish. The earliest stalls were in colonnaded blocks: the high-raftered roofs of today are the outcome of nineteenth century rebuilding. Some stalls are used as single units but many traders have expanded their businesses and taken over several tenancies. Today you can still buy a great selection of meat and fish here, and numerous cheeses, but the scope of trading has enlarged since the early days. Fruit and vegetable stalls still make colourful displays but much of the produce is now imported from all over the world. You will find all sorts of goods, clothes, records, pine furniture and much, much, more. As with many a market, its smells are part of the atmosphere. It may be the smell of fresh ground coffee that draws you in for refreshment, but it could be the attractive displays of the tenants, flowers, fruit, and so on that prompts you to look for the unexpected or special gift. If the spice of life is variety, then it will be seen here.
Newest Review: ... really is a window shopper's paradise! The small of freshly ground coffee lingers in the air and adds to the experience! The covered market is the home of Ben's cookies and I really couldn't visit without sampling one! The cookies are delicious! There are also several other cafes in the market, all selling quality fare. The covered market is a wonderful place to buy independently produced ... more
Customer Covered Market (Oxford) Reviews (7)
by - written on 23/09/11 (Very useful, 127 readings)
I lived in Oxford for several years and one of my favourite shopping experiences was a visit to the covered market. Having recently returned for a visit, I again took a trip to the covered market and am pleased to report that very little had changed! The Oxford covered market was established in 1774 as a solution to the growing number of untidy market stalls that had been set up in the city. The market was designed by John Gwynn, who was also responsible for the famous Magdalen Bridge in Oxford. Initially the market housed 20 butchers' stalls and meat was only allowed to be sold from within the covered market. More stalls were added and soon the market ... Read the complete review
by - written on 24/07/11 (Somewhat useful, 9 readings)
At this time of year the covered market is a very popular place in Oxford and having lived in oxford for 25yrs it has always been a popular place. The top attractions with students are Bens Cookies (one word- amazing) and theres a new milkshake place which is also very popular. Another reason to visit is for the butchers. They have all kinds of meat and at great prices too. It is a huge attraction at christmas time when the butchers hang the dead aniamls from the roof, theres hundreds of deer, rabbits, turkeys, chickens... some say traditional, others say sickening! But with the christmas tree in the middle it does create a christmas feel. Other ... Read the complete review
by - written on 16/11/09 (Very useful, 233 readings)
As a student at Oxford, my introduction to the Covered Market was Ben's Cookies - the sweet, irresistible scent of Ben's varieties of cookies drew many a student in, though the food stalls were unable to keep them there. The French baguette place (forgive me, for the name escapes me! But closer to the High Street side than the Cornmarket side) was a favourite for lunch, as was Pie Minister further in. But I shied away from the produce sellers and butchers of the Covered Market initially as I feared that their organic produce and meats would mean premium prices, making it simply not complementary to my student lifestyle! But finding myself ... Read the complete review
by - written on 19/09/09 (Very useful, 232 readings)
Located in the centre of Oxford just off the busy Cornmarket Street, the Covered Market is just what it says on the tin, an indoor market. Although this is also slightly misleading as calling it that doesn't really do it justice. The market has alot of history associated with it & has been open since 1774. It was setup in order to clear up the streets of the various market stalls which existed, & it has been open ever since. The place contains market stalls as well as small independent stores selling distinctive products different from what's on offer on the main shopping streets. As well as buying fruit, veg & meat from the various ... Read the complete review
by - written on 28/01/09 (Very useful, 161 readings)
The covered market is one of the most famous shopping areas of Oxford city and has been trading since the seventeen hundreds. It was originally an outside market, however, it was decided that the market looked too messy and that it needed to be housed. The individual commissioned to take on the design work was John Gwynn, the architect of the famous Magdalen Bridge. The building was designed and it still stands today with some alterations such as the high-raftered roofs which are the outcome of nineteenth century rebuilding. The market now mainly houses small shops and boutiques rather than market stalls. * The shops* I love to visit the covered ... Read the complete review
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