Holyhead Market Hall

Holyhead Market Hall, located in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, is a Grade II listed building[1] built in 1855. It was commissioned by the local landowner and politician William Owen Stanley and built by J. Edwards Thomas. As well as housing the town's market it has historically been used as a law court, a military barracks, a mechanics' library and a boxing/wrestling venue.[2] Located on the site of the old market cross and accessed from Stanley Street, the town's main throughfare, it was changed and improved in 1906.[3] It is a two-storey building measuring 1,732 square metres[4] and is built of local green shaley rubble with buff sandstone dressings and slate roofing. After 145 years of use the hall temporarily closed its doors, then became a furniture store and, fittingly, a grocery store. The building was listed in 1992, "for its importance to Holyhead and as a prominent mid C19 town centre building with a well preserved facade."[3]

Holyhead Market Hall
Holyhead Market Hall front.jpg
Market Hall in August 2020
General information
Architectural styleJacobean Revival
LocationStanley Street, Holyhead, Wales
OwnerIsle of Anglesey County Council

After it stood empty for 15 years, becoming one of the most "dilapidated civic buildings in Wales,"[5] the Isle of Anglesey County Council gained control of the building via a compulsary purchase order.[6] The council then restored it with funding from the National Assembly for Wales and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.[7] Opening in September 2019, the building now houses the town's library as well as meeting rooms available to rent by local interest groups and businesses.[1] In 2020 the project won a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Social Impact Award, with judges from the Institution stating: "The revitalising of Holyhead Market Hall has not only conserved a landmark building in Holyhead, but has also provided a much need[ed] social facility with a diverse range of activities. The remodelling of the building in a way that also retains and presents the archaeology and historic features of the building is impressive."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Open Doors – Market Hall, Holyhead". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  2. ^ "'Dilapidated' Holyhead market hall set to reopen". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "'Market Hall – A Grade II Listed Building in Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey'". Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  4. ^ "BCIS Featured analysis: Holyhead Market Hall restoration". Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Take a look inside market hall undergoing £4.2m revamp". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Derelict Grade II listed Market Hall in Holyhead to be saved as Anglesey Council steps in". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ ""A welcome investment" as Holyhead's Market Hall set to re-open". Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  8. ^ "RICS Social Impact Awards 2020, Wales". Retrieved 9 September 2020.

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Coordinates: 53°18′43″N 4°38′01″W / 53.3119°N 4.6337°W / 53.3119; -4.6337