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Ashton Market Hall Fire

Ashton's historic Market Hall, which dates from 1829, was destroyed by fire in May 2004. A temporary "Phoenix" Market Hall has been opened until the original Market Hall can be re-opened.

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Photographs and details of the Market Hall fire.
Photographs of the aftermath of the Fire.
Opening of the new Phoenix market hall.
Inside the new Phoenix market hall.
Memories and photos of Ashton's historic Market Hall.
Inside the re-opened Market Hall

The historic Ashton under Lyne Indoor Market Hall was gutted by a fire on Tuesday 25th May 2004. The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning when, fortunately, there was nobody in the building.

Ashton under Lyne Market Hall Fire
© Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
View from the Market Ground showing the Market Hall ablaze.
Ashton under Lyne Market Hall Fire
© Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
View from Town Hall roof, with Wellington Road on the left, as fire fighters bring the flames under control.

The fire was reported shortly after 3.00 am. Although the first fire crews arrived within four minutes, the blaze was already well established, with flames coming through the roof. The blaze was tackled by around 90 fire fighters from as far afield as Rochdale and Glossop.

The roof of the building collapsed and virtually everything is the building was destroyed. More than 100 small businesses had stalls in the market.

Structural engineers surveyed the building to determine whether it was possible to save the shell of the Grade Two listed building, which dates from 1829.

Investigations into the fire indicated that the most likely cause was an electrical fault.

As the outer wall of the building remainded sound, a new market hall is to be constructed within the original shell.

A temporary market hall has been erected nearby to maintain continuity for the traders until the re-built market hall opens.

These photographs are the copyright of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and may not be used elsewhere without their permission.

See pages on this website about:
Ashton Market
Aftermath of Market Hall fire
Opening of the temporary Phoenix Market Hall
Inside the temporary Phoenix Market Hall
Memories of Ashton Market Hall
Inside the re-opened Market Hall

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