As we are holding our first ever Wedding Fair at Burton Market Hall, we thought it would be a good idea to share some history about this historic venue.

Back to the fifteenth century

A market hall building existed on the current site of Burton Market Hall as early as the fifteenth century. Back then it was called the Market House and was built by Thomas Feylde, Abbot of Burton 1472-93. The building survived until 1772, when it was demolished to make space for a new Hall built by Lord Paget.

In May 1880 architects were invited to enter a competition to design the current Burton Market Hall. Dixon and Moxon of Barnsley won the competition, and after the Fire Brigade, Markets and Fairs Committee approved the design on 23 May 1883, work soon started. What we know now as The Market Hall was completed and officially opened later the same year.

More information on the history can be found by visiting www.burton-on-trent.org.uk/market-hall-general-history

Stunning Stone Sculptures

A stunning stone sculpture sits above the main entrance to Burton Market Hall featuring King John with two of his knights, handing a scroll to a kneeling abbot. The scene tells the story of King John giving the abbot the rights and liberties for the market hall. 

You can find other sculptural reliefs all around the building including the Burton upon Trent coat of arms, a shield, crest and motto, figures holding fruit and a bull’s head – representing produce that is purchased at the market.

In 2014 Burton Market Hall was renovated, the interior now has permanent shop units around the external walls, with a huge open floor space, that is idea for a whole host of events. Towards the back of this splendid Victorian hall stands a grand set of stairs that lead up to a fabulous balcony. There are many features that have been restored to their original majesty, including the ironmongery and wood work, brick archways and glass ceiling. 

Not only does Burton Market Hall hold events like our wedding fair, it is also an ideal venue for your wedding reception, and can even organise the catering and bar too. Click the button below to find out more information or come and have a chat with the Burton Market Hall events team on Sunday 24th February 2019 at our Two for Joy Wedding Fair.