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CASTRIES MARKET AND VENDOR'S ARCADE.

The original design of the Castries market still stands

This is an aerial view of the Market and Arcade


BUILDING THE CASTRIES MARKET

In 1891 the Castries Town Board took immediate steps to obtain from Europe or America plans and specifications of a covered Market.

From an ornamental point of view the market would improve the appearance of the town, and be a welcome relief to the eye after meeting with the unsightly coal-heaps which the Government had allowed to be placed on the Northern Wharf.

The building design and construction were contracted to the well-known firm of engineers, Bruce & Still Ltd., of Liverpool.

It was three years later that the market was formally opened by His Excellency Sir Charles Bruce on Monday, 2nd July, 1894.



 


 


Admission to the market for the occasion was by ticket only. Members of Council, the heads of the respective clergy, the members of representative bodies in Castries and the heads of Departments of the Public Service, were invited to luncheon at the Town Hall after the opening ceremony.

 

Craft and Souvenirs on sale at the Vendor's Arcade

The market is home to over 300 full time vendors and another possible hundred or so on market days, which have traditionally been Saturdays.

In early times, the market was primarily a place for selling produce along with meat and fish. There was limited selling of craft and dry goods. Today however, the market has evolved into a place where you can buy almost anything. A number of small restaurants serving local food has been added along with cold storage facilities for frozen meats, crafts are being produced on site, and tourists now form the major source of customers for its products.

No longer is fish being sold or animals being slaughtered on the premises.

The Vendors Arcade was opened by the CCC in 1996 in an effort to relieve the congestion on the city sidewalks.

Since then the arcade has proven very popular among visitors who say that the deals are better than at the traditional stores.

 

 

About the CCC Services and Properties Councilors Past and Present. Castries City History Places of Interest Activities and Festivities

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Castries City Council, PO Box  Castries, St Lucia. Tel: 758 452 2121, Fax: 758 453 7294    Email: ccc@candw.lc