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Now Known As Guildhall Shopping Centre
Date Opened 1834
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Was gutted in 1970 and turned into a 2-story shopping center.

The old Victoria Hall, further down Queen Street, burnt down on 6th October 1919. The fire was fought by six fire brigades and supported by one from the railway. Damage was estimated to be of a value of 6,000, of which 2,000 was the loss of the organ.

Soon after, the decision was made to convert the right hand side of the Higher Market, that was formerly used by the butchers, into a new Civic Hall as a replacement for the burnt out Victoria Hall. The conversion cost 6,000 and was designed to seat as many as 1,500. The space was used for fashion shows, bingo, boxing, sales exhibitions, opera and rock shows - acts such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac appeared on the stage. The Civic Hall closed in 1970 as St Georges Hall took over many of the Civic Hall's events.

In 1962, the Higher Market was closed down and incorporated in 1977, into the Golden Heart Project, which became the present day Guildhall Shopping Centre. The interior of the old market now houses cafes and a range of stores on two levels.

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