Inverness Victorian Market makes a grand entrance with new funding
Stonework repairs on the most decorative entrance to Inverness Victorian Market have commenced today.
Works on the Academy Street entrance to the market 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.
As one of four entrances to the Market, 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. A balustrade tops the entrance with corner stands displaying urns, and a central flagpole, as well as matching window arches, balustrades and urns on the wings.
The work forms part of ambitious plans to carry out various improvements and repairs at the Market. A full scheme of repair, including the replacement of carved details, various stone indents, repointing work and repairs and removal of redundant metal fixings, will take place on the category B listed building.
Commenting on the funding and works, 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.”
Cllr 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.