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A Coastal Town with a Cracking Market
Based on the south coast of Lincolnshire is the busy beach
resort of Skegness. It is a seaside town and civil parish in the
East Lindsey District of Lincolnshire, 43 miles east of the city of
The name would appear to indicate that Skegness has its origin in the
Danish period of settlement of England, although there is no reference
to a village named Skegness in the Domesday Book.
Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lincolnshire from a
very early time, for governance, the parish of Skegness was in the
Marsh division of the ancient Candleshoe Wapentake in the parts of
In August 1642, a consignment of arms and money, probably raised
by Queen Henrietta Maria, in the Netherlands for the support of King
Charles I’s campaign in the Civil War, was forced into Skegness by the
ships of the Parliamentarian Earl of Warwick.
The town’s most recognised landmark is the prominent clock tower, found at the end of Lumley Road. It was built in 1898-99 and was funded through public subscription. It is featured as a 3D rendering in Google Earth.
Skegness Indoor Market is based on Briar Way and has a car park situated directly behind it. All day parking is available via arrangement with the Market Manager on arrival.
The Market has been in its current location for 25-30 years. Originally it was an outdoor market, however this has changed in the last decade. The decision came from the traders getting together and requesting an indoor market. Since the building work took place the market traders have never looked back.
It is convenient for both shoppers and traders. Having a roof and shutters down the sides it allows shoppers to get out of the bad weather in the winter months and also allows fresh air to flow through in the summer months, thus creating a much better atmosphere to shop in.
This has benefited the traders hugely, as it means they are able to leave their stalls set up at night ready for the next days trading. This saves a lot of time and effort and they can rest assured that their stock is safe, with the shutters locked and alarm system set.
When walking around the market it is easy to sense the great atmosphere and fun factor that comes across from the traders, where they all work closely together and support one another. Two of the traders were away on holiday, however this did not stop their stalls opening. The other market traders opened the stalls for them, which meant that they were not missing out on any custom while they were away, showing a great community spirit between them all.
The Market also plays host to a life-sized model of a ‘Predator’ from the movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover. The creator, Colin Coller of ‘The Ace of Spades 2’ built the model out of spare motorbike parts. He got the idea when visiting Thailand, where a lot of the hotels had models like this in their foyers. The ‘Predator’ took Colin six months to build and is a great talking point among visitors to the Market.
Shoppers coming to the Market often gather round the impressive figure, with many having their photographs taken beside it. Although Colin doesn’t mind this and does not charge, he does ask for a small donation to be made to the Skegness Life Boat. The donation box can often be found being held by the ‘Predator’.
Found next to this impressive model is a stall that is very unique to Skegness Indoor Market. In fact as well as it being a market stall it has also got the feel of a mini museum. Trader James Collings, of J&C Military, hosts a vast range of historical weapons, medals, uniforms and more, some even dating back 900 years. It is something that needs to be seen to be believed. James has been at the Market for two years and before this he use to tour the country with his exhibition. However, since becoming a trader at the Market he has never looked back.
“It has given me a permanent base to showcase everything and customers know where to find me. When I had my exhibition trailer I could be anywhere in the country and hard to track down. When I came to the Market I thought I would give it a go to see how it went and have never looked back. I really enjoy it here.”
James has had people travel from all over the country to see him and only recently he had a gentleman travel up from Dorset.
The military stall and ‘Predator’ are great talking points around the market and Skegness in general, often bringing many tourists/shoppers to the Market. Once there all the traders make it a pleasant shopping experience, with lots of smiles and laughs to be had, leading to customers coming back. Through arrangement with the Market Manager, traders can also arrange to advertise their business on the advertising boards that run around the outside of the Market.
The Market is open seven days a week throughout the summer months (Mon – Sat in the winter) from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Stall rents are £110.00 a week, however there are promotional offers for trading available.
Anyone interested in trading at this fun and friendly Indoor Market should call 077377 58523 or visit the market and speak to the Market Manager, George Cumberworth.