There has been a tradition of a Friday market in Eckington since at least 1845, when as well as a regular market for goods such as butter and eggs, there was a cattle fair in April and October, and a fair for hiring servants in November. In 1879 a market hall with over 70 stalls was built on Southgate and was successful for a number of years, but by 1900 it had been turned into a furniture store and then in the 1920s into a cinema. In the late 1950s there was a market where the library now stands.
The market in its current form on Market Street started in December 1981 and continues to this day. Regular long-standing stall holders include Dave ‘the egg man’, Andrew with his colourful flower and plants stall and Joan and Bill who sell a wide variety of bedding, throws, household textiles and pet beds. Other stalls include Charlie’s extensive tool stall with everything from a bow saw to a fly-swat, Steve and Ann with household goods and cleaning materials, Diane with plants, hand-made cards and bird boxes, and two clothing stalls which provide a range of garments at excellent value.
Eckington has plenty of free parking and a number of cafes which make for an excellent Friday morning at the market!
The market runs from 9am until 1pm on a Friday, with set up for traders from 7am. Pitches cost £6. A charity stall is available free of charge for registered charities. If you are interested in trading as a regular stallholder please contact the Parish Clerk on 07715 668815, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Burdett on 07706 293159 for details. New stallholders are always welcome.