The Grand Opening of the Market Hall and 'shops' by Mr. Alderman Law, Chairman of the Market Committee, took place on Thursday January 18th 1906, to many toasts and speeches by the Mayor and other key members of the council. Saturdays and Thursdays were the designated days, with a cattle sale on the first Thursday in January, April, July and October—perhaps the forerunner of the farmers’ markets!
In 2006 the market celebrated it’s centenary with events running throughout the year. It is interesting to see how traders’ links stretched back through generations in some cases—Dinah on cards took over from her mother-in-law in 1956, our longest serving trader, taking the history of that stall back to post war times. Similarly, Anne Morton on the bag stall took over from her mother in the 80s and is still going strong.
It is these connections which give the sense of continuity and community often commented on by customers and visitors to the area. the market is often the first port of call for Rossendalians who have moved away and are making a visit back to the area. Our historical heritage means a lot to us as traders and to Rossendale people as a whole. Visitors from other areas enjoy the friendliness and warm welcome they always receive-come and see us soon—you’ll be glad you did!
Go to the gallery to view some photographs kindly supplied by Rawtenstall Library.