Oxford Covered Market reveals its hidden heritage

Photo credit: Ed Nix
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council with Debbie Dance, Director OPT at 46-48 Oxford Covered Market. Photo credit: Ed Nix.
Published: Monday, 8th November 2021

Oxford City Council Leader Councillor Susan Brown met with Debbie Dance, Director of Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT), at 46-48 Covered Market to admire the restoration work.

OPT and the City have been working in partnership, and with the support of the William Delafield Charitable Trust, to transform an empty 1970s butcher’s shop to its former glory.

Standing in the earliest surviving part of the market, designed by architect Thomas Wyatt the Younger when the ‘new market’ expanded in 1839, it was wonderful to see the original features reappear as the later additions were removed to reveal the stone flagged floor, stone columns and early iron trellis work.

Debbie Dance, OPT Director, says:

“The Covered Market is one of the Town’s most important, and most popular heritage assets and it has been a pleasure to work with the city officers and expert team of craftsmen, who all shared our passion for bringing these units back to life and showing just what can be done with care. We are looking forward to the units being occupied and trading again”.

 Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, adds:

“The units have been sympathetically restored and it has been fascinating to see the original features emerge. The City Council is very appreciative of Oxford Preservation Trust’s support to bring this work to life”.