Doncaster Market Place was designated a conservation area on 2 October 1974.
The first appraisal of the conservation area was carried out after consultation in 2007. This was reviewed to take account of any significant changes that have occurred there since the original appraisal was carried out and was itself subject to a public consultation before being finalised at the end of December 2014.
The original appraisal and the review can be viewed in the Downloads and Resources section.
To view the location of the conservation area please go to the Heritage Map .
The Market is essential to the identity of Doncaster. The existence of the market lies in Doncaster’s Roman origins, however the character of the Market Place is defined by the medieval town boundaries, gates and street pattern.
At the heart of the Market Place is the impressive Grade II* listed Corn Exchange and Market Hall. It is a very attractive building with the main two-storey block being of high quality architectural detailing and with each elevation designed to be on public view. The impact of the building is heightened since it stands separately in the centre of the Market Place, although there are some post-war structures along the north-western side.
The Market Place is surrounded by two and three storey buildings that are predominantly 18th and 19th century shops and coaching inns, as well as the Grade II listed Wool Market. Materials are typically brick, painted render, ‘Tudoresque’ black and white timber framing, terracotta and stone. Roof heights are variable with assorted pitches, although most properties drain onto front eaves gutters. Traditional roof materials are mainly Welsh slate, with occasional natural red clay pantiles. Chimneystacks are plain brick and are set at gable ends.
On market days, the market offers a wide range of goods, lively atmosphere and still draws the community into the market place. This is despite a local perception that the market is in decline.
Within the conservation area there are nine listed structures which, along with significant buildings and features, are outlined within the appraisal.
Further Information about Conservation Areas can be found at Conservation Areas in Doncaster.
If you have any queries about the conservation area contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU. Tel: 01302 734922 or 735199