Stirrings at the Corn Market

Something is stirring amongst the stagnant scaffolding surrounding Bath’s 19th century Corn Market at the town end of Walcot Street.


The bulk of the building has been derelict for years with plenty of jokes about its supporting iron grillwork being so old it’s been given the same Grade 2 listing as the building! There’s a “Colliers International” sign on it now advertising the fact the building is for sale as a ‘development opportunity’.


Go on the website and you can extract more information about its ‘potential for commercial, community or residential use.’

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The building was designed by Manners and Gill and opened in 1855.

I quote from Michael Forsyth’s Bath (Pevsner Architectural Guides) “Entered through a narrow, two -window-wide classical building, it is a very simple long and narrow hall raised on arches, now suffering from ground settlement.Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 10.51.08

Edward 111 granted a charter giving the right to hold a market in the High Street in 1371 and the cattle market moved to the area in the early 1800s.”

I have asked Colliers for more information and so far have received no reply.



  1. Lovely building and it’s a shame that has been unused for so long. Been inside myself as part of M. Forsyth’s conservation MSc course and it’s sad to see the interior derelict and abandoned. Hopefully a new use will be found soon bringing Corn Market back to life.

  2. Agents boards are not allowed in the conservation area! Tom Marshall

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