The Old Market, Hove

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The Old Market
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Façade of The Old Market seen from the north
Location11a Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton and Hove BN3 1AS, United Kingdom
Coordinates50°49′29″N 0°09′27″W / 50.8247°N 0.1574°W / 50.8247; -0.1574Coordinates: 50°49′29″N 0°09′27″W / 50.8247°N 0.1574°W / 50.8247; -0.1574
Rebuiltc. 1888 (as stables)
Restored1996–99; 2010
Restored byThe Old Market Trust;
Yes/No Productions
ArchitectCharles Busby
Architectural style(s)Regency
OwnerYes/No Productions
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: The Old Market
Designated10 September 1971
Reference no.1298651
The Old Market, Hove is located in Brighton & Hove
The Old Market, Hove
Location within Brighton and Hove

The Old Market, Hove is a historic (grade II listed[1]) building on the border of Brighton and Hove in England. It has served various functions, currently operating as a cultural performance centre under the name "TOM – The Old Market".


The Old Market opened in 1828 as a covered marketplace for sales of meat, fish and vegetables. It supplied the residential development of Brunswick, which was originally independent from Brighton and Hove village. As Brighton and Hove have grown up around it, the building has catered for changing needs, operating as a riding academy and stables, warehouse and, since the 1980s, as an arts venue. Established as Old Market Arts Centre (OMAC), the initial arts venture entered difficulties.[2][3]

The building was renovated in 1998 by The Old Market Trust with a lottery grant of over four million pounds, as a home for The Hanover Band and a community arts venue for Brighton and Hove. Its current owners in 2010, Yes/No Productions made various changes in order to maximise potential use for gigs, theatre productions, events and performances after purchasing the building for £800,000.[4] In 2011 the building was reopened under the new name TOM – The Old Market.


As TOM – The Old Market, a wide variety of performances and events have been programmed. Artists such as Django Django, Guillemots, James Rhodes and Jonathan Wilson have played. Comedians Daniel Kitson, Simon Munnery, Isy Suttie, Jonny Sweet have performed, along with many others as part of Brighton Comedy Festival. Theatre and events are also hosted. The building is a venue in both Brighton Fringe and Brighton Festival during May.

A monthly photography talk is held there, called MiniClick.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "The Old Market 11a, Hove". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  2. ^ Judy Middleton (11 July 2012). "The Market House & Dupont's Academy". Hove and Portsdale in the Past. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ Shuttleworth, Margaret. "Hove's Old Market Theatre goes on sale for £1m". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  4. ^ Judy Middleton (11 July 2012). "The Market House & Dupont's Academy". Hove and Portsdale in the Past. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Art Review: Miniclick Photography Talks". Art Noise. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  6. ^ Kendall, James. "In Conversation With Miniclick". The Brighton SOURCE. Retrieved 8 December 2012.

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