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Wirksworth markets — first set up stall they tied their sheet to the cattle pens which used to line Market Place in the centre of Bakewell every Monday.
“It was an amazing market in those days,” Graham said. “The farmers would arrive with their cattle to sell and deals to do and their wives would go shopping on the market all morning.”
At that time it was non-food stalls next to the cattle pens, with a food market a little distance away.
“When the farmers had finished they all went to the pub to drink hot whisky toddies or rum, then they would swerve a bit on the journey home in the days before strict drink-drive laws,” he added.
In the end it all got too much for the town centre. Roads into Bakewell became gridlocked on market day and the decision was made to move the cattle market to a new agriculture centre on a grassy site on the other side of the river.
After the cattle market moved around 1996 a new supermarket was built on the site — but the locals shunned it, according to Graham.
Houses were built on the food market site
Nicola Goodwin who is communities officer for Derbyshire Dales District Council runs Bakewell market
FEATURE • BAKEWELL Casuals queue up from seven in the morning
in the hope of getting a stall and the most popular stalls have queues most of the day in the summer months.
Kevin Kinney, the bread and pie man, said: “Our customers start queuing about eight and we regularly serve queuing customers all day until we sell out, which can happen as early as 2 pm.”
New traders are often quick to expand their stalls.
Claire Burston and her husband Nigel have a loyal following for their speciality scones and Bakewell tarts, which are snapped up by tourists and regulars.
“I was a chef for more than 30 years but the fourth time I was made redundant I thought there might be a better way forward,” Claire said.
That was five years ago and her scones in up to 50 different flavours are a big attraction on the market.
Last year the couple added a cosmetics stall and they love their new market life.
Artist Della Marie Barker, who started selling her artwork including prints, cards and
 and the market was confined to the remains of Market Square next to what is now a Co-op supermarket, and Granby Road square on the other side of the Co-op.
“Locals seemed to accept the Co-op and it has not hurt the market, in fact we seem to feed off each other,” Graham said.
The market continued to do well and five years ago a new council department took over its running, with Nicola at the market helm.
It was a challenge as she had no market experience, Nicola concedes.
But the team identified areas that could be improved including introducing cashless rent payment and setting up regular meetings with traders to improve communication and bridge the gap between “them and us”.
The new approach has been successful and Nicola now feels very much part of the market family.
There are around 60 traders with about 150 stalls which are separated by the Co-op. Some traders, like flower and plant man Andrew Dennis, travel long distances to trade at Bakewell.
Andrew drives two hours each way from his home in Grimsby – “but it is well worth it,”
he says.
  Graham and Jenny Knowles have been selling ladies fashion on Bakewell market for the past 49 years. Their daughter Gemma now works in the family business
   Della Marie Barker has a colourful stall on the market selling her artwork

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