26 Market Place, March

One of the oldest buildings standing on the market place in the Fenland town of March, this building has origins dating back to the 16th or 17th century.  Although it has been altered over the centuries, its original lobby entry survives inside and the original location of the central entrance door is detectable on the exterior.  Inside, the chimney stack is huge and dominates the interior, rising the full height of the building.  There are reported to be a number of original beams still in situ and original fireplaces, though alterations over time have necessarily eroded original fabric.   It has had various uses including as an annex to the adjoining Grade II listed Old Griffin Hotel, the linking catwalk for which can still be seen. While not listed, Historic England have noted that it has a “high level of local significance as one of the earliest surviving buildings on the Market Place”.

Four years ago, an application to demolish was turned down.  Last year an application to convert to a maisonette and studio flat was withdrawn.  26 Market Place is now on the market being promoted as a site for redevelopment.  Any redevelopment should respect, indeed celebrate, the significant local importance of this building and its history.

Up My Street 2017-18