MORE than six months after being devastated by fire, decades of Northwich's history have been torn down.

Demolition work has taken place throughout July on the Northwich Outdoor Market.

It leaves the site covered in rubble and surrounded by fencing.

Northwich Guardian:

The market has been torn down this month

Fire crews began work tackling the fire at the covered market in the early hours of January 3.

Traders were moved out of the building and into the indoor market next door.

Cheshire West and Chester Council sees the old market site as key to its regeneration plans for the Weaver Square area.

Northwich Guardian:

Fencing is still in place around the site

Speaking exclusively to the Guardian earlier this month, Cllr Richard Beacham suggested the site could be cleared to make room for hospitality businesses in the short-term, while Northwich continues to recover from coronavirus.

CWAC's cabinet member for housing, regeneration and growth said: "We are currently looking at ideas for interim usage of the site. Northwich BID and businesses in the vicinity are supporting us with this.

“We’re looking at creating a public space with tables and chairs to help out some of the hospitality businesses in the town centre during the coronavirus situation.

READ > Much-loved High Street venue reopens as al fresco pub with a tiki twist

“If it can be levelled and used for some kind of socially distanced public space then that will be good.

“It will also help us to try and figure out what the demand is for that kind of usage in the area.”

What are your memories of the old Northwich Outdoor Market? Email