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Ashton Market, 1976.
Photo: Ed Owens
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Ashton Market, 1976.

Comment by: dianne on 12th September 2008 at 20:55

the markets not like that now we used to go every saturday all the stalls were full and it used to be packed such a shame what its like now a couple off stalls and thats it

Comment by: Thomas on 30th November 2008 at 07:59

The Market went down in the end of the 80ty and never pick up since now in
2008, theirs only a few stalls open and tray are hardware, the dealer, bob’s and
The card stalls they must have Ben selling card’s for 30 years r so

Comment by: tracey on 26th March 2009 at 20:52

used to go to ashton market every saturday when i was little. normans sweet stall was my favourite.chocolate caramel, homemade fudge,s a shame it,s not like it used to be.

Comment by: tracey on 26th March 2009 at 21:11

used to go to ashton market every saturday when i was little. normans sweet stall was my favourite.chocolate caramel, homemade fudge,s a shame it,s not like it used to be.

Comment by: Cloie Brevik on 22nd March 2010 at 21:13

I just to go to this market with my aunt and uncle when we visited them in the 1960s. I also went back in the 1970s, 80s ... enjoyed the treacle toffee! None like it anywhere!

Comment by: KENEE on 12th August 2010 at 12:32

In the fifties my mum used to buy sweets here,and enormous thick bars of milk chocolate, they were supposed to come from Belgium, also chocolate covered wafer biscuits. After a day or two the chocolate would fall off, still got scoffed though.

Comment by: sandra on 31st August 2012 at 23:37

In the 60s you could get everything on Ashton market.Does anybody remember the biscuit stall with open boxes you just asked for a pound (or two if you were flushed) of mixed biscuits. We got everything on the market. Clothes, and material to make clothes for us less well off.Now there are just cheap chain stores,instead of cheap markets!

Comment by: Karin on 30th January 2013 at 23:40

I wish it still had all the nostalgic cobbles instead of the ugly smearing of tarmac.

Comment by: Daz on 27th May 2013 at 20:16

When I was little, going to Ashton market was always a routine thing with my mum when shopping. I always remember kids clothing like socks and vests that were sold from a van (or whatever you call them) ran by two middle-aged women (their names escape me). Does anyone remember them? I think the last I saw them there was in the mid 90s.

Comment by: Sandra on 20th November 2013 at 14:46

The market back in the sixtys sold everything you could need pet stalls,foods,clothes,as I said everything There was a biscuit stall.You bought biscuits loose by the lb(pound)you could get broken ones cheaper.It was a thriving place busy Tues & Sat,sadly times change and anyway you can get lots of your supplies in any supermarket!They try to revive markets but people want to shop in the warmth and comfort of Arcades etc! Times They are a Changing:)

Comment by: PeterP on 3rd January 2021 at 08:01

Last time I went onto the market there was no stalls but a woman selling items from her car. Sad times for the market.

Comment by: Brian Cullen on 16th July 2021 at 19:30

Early seventies me and my mate had a little job putting up the stalls on Ashton Market- we'd get there about half-past-five in the morning, armed with an allen key each, get the scaffolding pole stalls from behind the brick building and put up about a dozen stalls. We got 50p a stall, split between the two of us, which wasn't bad - the stall holders started turning up from half-six onwards. Then they all had to be taken down again on Saturday night. Happy days.

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