The Grade 2 listed Derby Market Hall’s foundation stone was laid in February 1864, and the Market was officially opened to the public in 1866 by the Mayor of Derby Thomas Roe Esq.

The building cost £29,000 to create and was a project of Melbourne engineer Rowland Mason Ordish, who is noted for the design of many iconic London landmarks. Ordish’s work includes the Albert Bridge, the dome at the Royal Albert Hall, and, together with William Barlow, his detailed work on the single spanned roof of St Pancras station, which has a comparable splendour to the roof of Derby Market Hall.

The Market Hall underwent a multi-million pound transformation in 1989, and during this time workmen discovered unique traces of Derby’s past, including uncovering a well six feet wide and thirty feet deep, which experts believe may have served buildings which stood on the site prior to 1864. Tunnels running between the Lock-Up-Yard and the Guildhall were also discovered and were probably used to move prisoners between the two sites. 

The Market Hall was reopened by HRH Princess Margaret Countess of Snowden on
27th November 1989 following the last restoration project.

Market stall

Unique traders

Our traders are from across the local region and some families have traded from here since 1866
Historic building

historic setting

Our beautiful building is an iconic feat of engineering that is currently being regenerated for the future

Map location marker

city centre location

Our market is close to great transport links and is only a two minute walk to the bus station