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Repairs to the Inverness Victorian Market’s decorative stonework to get underway

Victorian market, Inverness
Victorian market, Inverness

Repairs to the decorative stonework at the entrance to Inverness Victorian Market get underway today.

Works on the Academy Street entrance are being funded by a grant of £30,256 from the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project (ITHP) and £12,967 from the Inverness Common Good Fund.

The Italianate ashlar entrance was designed by Matthews and Lawrie from 1869-70. It features Corinthian columns forming three central arches, topped with keystones carved in animal designs.

The work forms part of ambitious plans to carry out various improvements and repairs at the market.

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

“It will be wonderful to see this historic entrance being restored to its former glory and be able to appreciate the fine stonework detail of the Corinthian column tops and to see the animal head designs clearly again.”

Councillor Jimmy Gray, chairman of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, added: “I’m delighted that Inverness Townscape Heritage Project can award this grant, alongside the Inverness Common Good Fund, to carry out repairs on the Victorian Market.

“Work will see the entrance restored to its former glory, having deteriorated over time. The market is an old and important building in the heart of our city and it needs regular investment. I look forward to seeing the building getting the attention it deserves.”

Work on the entrance is scheduled to take a maximum of eight weeks to complete.

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