Our high streets and towns have changed so much over the last few decades.

People get nostalgic over big brand names now missing - Woolworths, Blockbuster, BHS etc - but it's easy to overlook a once staple shopping experience, the market.

Many of the region's larger towns still have a scaled back weekly version but locals will tell you "it's not what it was".

The Leader recently shared some photos of Wrexham indoor market, pictured in 1974, to its 'Local Bygones' Facebook group.

The comments not only proved a real love for the place - "those were the days" exclaimed by many - but that there is still the appetite for markets.

Do you still use your local markets? Or what do you miss most about those that have gone?

Here are just some of the opinions shared on this trip down memory lane...


Wrexham bygones - Wrexham indoor market, 1974.

Wrexham indoor market, 1974.


Amanda Heyward: "These pics are amazing, I can almost believe I am there if I close my eyes.

"There was a certain smell to this market. My aunty used to work on the clothes stall that sold everything, wish I could remember the name of it.

"The cafe in the market was lovely I am sure it was the pie and gravy that was the nicest ever. All the stalls they had were just wonderful and all the shopkeepers were friendly and all wore overalls.

"Going here on a Saturday was the highlight of the week, especially for dinner and a little toy. Such happy childhood memories now the town is awful nothing like it used to be. This market was wonderful and brought back happy memories."

Eileen Williams: "It was a wonderful place. Used to visit often."

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David Hartwell: "Beautiful old market, proper characterful. Remember the smell of the veg stalls, lovely place."

Donna Brown: "Every Friday, we’d be in the markets shopping with my mum and gran. Then to the butchers market which I hated - the smell!

"Up the little alley, that still smelt of meat too, cuppa at the cafe then to M&S, which was to me at that age the most old fashioned old person's shop ever. Now it’s my favourite.

"What a lovely friendly market town Wrexham was with everything you needed.

"Hippodrome and then across to swimming baths on a Saturday, then walk over to the war memorial club to get a lift home off our dad who’d play pool there."


Wrexham vegetable market, 1964.

Wrexham vegetable market, 1964.


Janet Owens: "There used to be bus trips from Bala and Barmouth bringing people to shop, the whole town was full and busy."

Julie Jones: "Do you remember the stationery stall? I was only little and I nicked one of those shaped rubbers that you put on top of a pencil. Everytime I saw a policeman when we were in town, I thought he was going to arrest me."

Claire Carter: "As a child we regularly travelled from Buckley to Wrexham to shop. We would have a cake and Coke in Stevens cafe, we thought it was so posh, waitresses in black and white uniforms.

"Wrexham was a fantastic place to shop, especially for shoes, the market was wonderful, full of characters, generations of the same families running the stalls."

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Ian Barraclough: "I remember going round it with my parents, the cheese stall was great, they used to give little samples."

Val Watts: "Loved the old market where you could pick your own fruit and veg, no plastics just brown paper bags."

Joy Marr: "Fantastic place to shop. Never in our wildest dreams did we think that you would never have to go to the the market or the local shop to get your groceries. To think some people have never experienced doing these wonderful things. How time’s have changed."

Valdy Meusel: "My dad would travel on the bus from Chirk once a week to Wrexham. His famous haunts were the market and the Polish grocery shop."

Malcolm Hughes: "What a great market that was, you could buy anything there. Good old days."

Linzi Lancelotte: "Loved this place-skipping down the slope when I was younger, then helping my mum on the stall where she worked until it was knocked down. I remember sitting by the entrance getting signatures against the demolition."