Corn exchange

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For the defunct US bank, see Corn Exchange Bank.

A corn exchange (Commonwealth English) or grain exchange (North American English) was a building where farmers and merchants traded cereal grains. Such trade was common in towns and cities across Great Britain and Ireland until the 19th century, but as the trade became centralised in the 20th century many such buildings were used for other purposes. Several have since become heritage sites.

The name corn refers to all cereal grains in most varieties of English, not only to maize as in North America.

For the history of corn exchanges, see:

List of corn/grain exchanges[edit]




Corn Exchange, Athy, Kildare, now a court house

United Kingdom[edit]

Corn Exchange, in London circa 1809

United States[edit]


  1. ^ "Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich". Retrieved 22 September 2014.