Cllr Cleo Lake, Lord Mayor of Bristol, will attend a ceremony at St Nicholas Market on Friday 21 September, to mark the 275th anniversary of the opening of the market.
This will launch a year of celebrations, events and activities called St Nicks 275 to mark the anniversary and highlight the significant role the market has played in Bristol over the last 275 years.
As part of the celebration, the Lord Mayor will ring the market bell, which was previously rung to mark the start of each trading day. She will be joined by four market stall traders who represent different parts of the market and the diverse range of products and services on offer.
Members of the public are invited to come along to celebrate with a slice of birthday cake, made by resident trader and cake maker Tamarind Galliford of the Ahh Toots bakery, and John Stapleton of Wanted Records will be playing music in the Glass Arcade until 2pm.
St Nicholas Market has been the traditional centre of Bristol market activity since 1743. The permanent indoor market buildings and outdoor stalls are home to the largest collection of independent retailers in the city offering a variety of quality crafts, giftware and food produce.
As part of the St Nicks 275 celebration, members of the public are being invited to share memories and experiences of the market, with a view of showcasing the social history of the market and producing an exhibition that will be displayed in the market later this year.
The exhibition will tell the story of St Nicholas Market, what it has meant to local people. The market team will also be using the city’s archives to gather old photographs, newspaper articles, and documents to share within the exhibition and provide a permanent legacy for the market.
Lord Mayor Cllr Cleo Lake said “The Corn Exchange opened on 21 September 1743. It played a key part in building Bristol’s international trade relationships and was instrumental in generating the wealth of the City. Although the modern market is very different, it still has a central role in trading within Bristol, which is an incredible achievement.
“Today St Nicholas Market is home to over 60 stalls and some traders have been working there for over 40 years. It has a great reputation for the variety of food on offer, which really captures a positive essence of Bristol in terms of our diversity and international flavours. I am thrilled to be launching the St Nicks 275 celebration, and to celebrate the vibrant part the market plays within our city.”