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Stonework of Victorian Market entrance protected for years to come following renovation works

The façade entrance on Academy Street is the only original part of the Market that survived following its almost complete destruction in 1889, with the masonry now protected years to come
The façade entrance on Academy Street is the only original part of the Market that survived following its almost complete destruction in 1889, with the masonry now protected years to come

The preservation of one of the city of Inverness’ most iconic buildings is partially complete after extensive renovation works at the Victorian Market.

The famed shopping hall has been given a new lease of life following extensive renovation works which began at the Academy Street entrance eight weeks ago.

The masonry repair work, which totals £43,223, was funded jointly through a grant from the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project and more than £12,000 from the Inverness Common Good Fund.

The initiative forms part of ambitious plans to improve various areas of the market with several key repairs being undertaken.

Victorian Market Masonry

Jo Murray, manager of the Inverness Victorian Market, said: “The façade entrance on Academy Street is the only original part of the Market that survived, following its almost complete destruction in 1889.

“It is therefore so important that this original feature is preserved and maintained.

“Now, people visiting the Market will be able to see the fine stonework detail of the Corinthian column tops and the beautiful animal head designs clearly again.”

Councillor Jimmy Gray, who is also the chairman of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, added: “It is important that the Market is regularly maintained and retains an attractive appearance in the heart of Inverness.

“I hope locals and visitors to the Market will appreciate it for many years to come.”

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