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Upper Campfield Market
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, UK
Upper Campfield Market
associated engineer
Not known
date  1882
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ832977
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
The former covered-market building known as Upper Campfield Market is a short distance east of its better-known sibling, the Air & Space Gallery of the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry — the erstwhile Lower Campfield Market.
These days, Upper Campfield Market is used for exhibitions and museum storage. It dates from 1882 and was restored in 1885.
The upper half of the façade is glazed, supported by cast iron pillars with a recessed veranda behind them. Inside, cast iron columns support longitudinal wrought iron lattice girders and transverse wrought iron arches. These in turn support the clerestory roof over the nave and transepts, which has roof lights and glazing to the gables.
In 1996, the Royal Exchange theatre company moved into a tented mobile theatre inside Upper Campfield Market, following damage to the Royal Exchange by the bomb that exploded in Manchester on the 15th June that year. Productions were staged here until the Royal Exchange was repaired.
There are future plans to create a new Land Transport Gallery in Upper Campfield Market.
Architect: Mangall & Littlewood
Contractor: E.T. Bellhouse
Research PD and AJD

Upper Campfield Market