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Gravesend’s 13th century market takes shape ahead of November reopening

PUBLISHED: 09:56 23 August 2016

Gravesend's market pictured in August 2016

Gravesend's market pictured in August 2016

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Find out the numbers behind the £1.8million refurbishment project

Gravesend's indoor market in March 2016Gravesend's indoor market in March 2016

After more than 620 cups of tea, 17,000 roof tiles and 34,000 copper nails, Gravesend’s historic market is almost ready for business.

With less than 100 days to go until the market reopens, Gravesham council revealed some of the figures behind the £1.8million refurbishment project.

Set to reopen on November 19, the market, which closed last summer, has existed in the town since 1268.

The project is currently in its sixth month, and has seen more than 50 workers and staff on site, working a combined total of 6,485 from January to July.

Early plans for the indoor marketEarly plans for the indoor market

Among the features in the new-look market is a glass ceiling made from 96 sheets of glass weighing a combined total of over 7.2 tonnes.

Cabinet member for business delivery, Samir Jassal praised the market’s potential impact.

“The work to the market is really moving forward quickly. These stats are a bit of fun but it does highlight how much work has been done so far and just how big this project is for the town.

“The market will bring a significant improvement to the town centre and having had lots of memories sent through from various people from over the years who enjoyed the old market, it’s hoped this one will have the same effect on stall holders and visitors.”

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