deptford market yard, the new home for independent shops, restaurants & businesses on deptford high street.
In Deptford Market Yard you'll find 14 arches, 7 shops above the carriage ramp, 2 restaurants and a new market space, all filled with local, independent businesses, creative spaces and places to eat & drink.
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On Valentine's Day 2008 a disused train carriage arrived in Deptford, marking the beginning of the journey from derelict site to a new public space for Deptford, a fully restored Carriage Ramp and a more connected high street, train station and markets.
The 1960’s carriage was transformed into a café and community event space and the railway arches were temporarily opened as artisan workshop units. They were occupied by talented designers and makers who collaborated on many of the events that happened on the site. These included silent cinema screenings, art markets and performances. We waved goodbye to the train carriage so that construction could begin on the site, creating the new space for Deptford you see today.
Part of The Deptford Project was also the restoration of The Grade II listed carriage ramp, the oldest railway structure in London. Completed in 1835, the ramp was first built as a means for carriages to reach the station.
The arches below the ramp were also used, originally to store the passengers' carriages and horses. Later they became locomotive and carriage works, a use that was shortlived, for after 1851 all railway repair work was moved to Ashford. By the Second World War the arches were opened up once more as air raid shelters. Today, with the help of the Railway Heritage Trust, the carriage ramp has finally been restored to allow pedestrians to reach the station.