The Market Place, St Ives

a.k.a. Market Hill, The Cattle Market, The Town Centre, et al.

Images of Market Hill, the old market place and cattle market, in St Ives including some sets of photographs taken around 100 years apart

Look at today and then see 100 years ago below...

A view towards Market Hill from The Pavement in 2002 and another as it was around 1900. It is here in Market Hill that the famous Monday Markets are held, huge one's on the Bank Holidays and smaller ones on Fridays. Compare it with no traffic and no War Memorial, that had not happened yet!, notice the sheep pens of the old market in the lower right hand corner of the older photograph, and just to prove the point look at the Cattle Market photos below...

Market Hill 2002

The Market Place in 2002

Market Hill and The Pavement as it was in 2002

 

Market Hill circa 1900

The Market Place as it was aroubnd 1900

The Market Place as it was around 1900

 

The Cattle Market

For what was possibly hundreds of years cattle and other livestock were sold in the wide streets of Market Hill and Broadway. The last cattle market was held in the streets on 27th September 1886 and on the 4th October 1886 the new market opened.

'New' Cattle Market circa 1900

An old picture of the new Cattle Market at St Ives in Cambridgeshire

An old picture of the new Cattle Market in St Ives

 

Old Market Office

The former Market Supervisors Office at St Ives in Cambridgeshire

The former Market Supervisors Office

 

The Cattle Market is now the site of St Ives Bus Station and part of the Car Park however elements of the market still exist. If one studies the old photo you can make out the Market Office in the centre background. It is still here today and was used was a licenced betting office by Totus Ltd. until recently (2014) when it was converted into a small cafe and bakery called Tom's Cakes.

The old Auction Ring (SE)

The former Auction Ring of St Ives Cattle Market at St Ives in Cambridgeshire

The former Auction Ring (SE) of St Ives Cattle Market

 

The old Auction Ring (NE)

The former Auction Ring of St Ives Cattle Market at St Ives in Cambridgeshire

The former Auction Ring (NE) of St Ives Cattle Market

 

The wooden building above now looks out of place in the middle of the car park but it was once the central point of the Cattle Market being the former Auction Ring. Cattle where once sold "under the hammer" within this building.

Other buildings in Market Hill

The Market Place in 1900

Shops on the north side of Market Hill, St Ives in 1900

Shops on the north side of Market Hill, St Ives in 1900

 

The Market Place in 2000

Shops on the north side of Market Hill, St Ives in 2000

Shops on the north side of Market Hill, St Ives in 2000

 

The buildings are late 17th and early 18th Century