We have been favoured by the contractor (Messrs. and Hewin) with interview, and then shown over the works now in progress for the new market, which is estimated to cost from £2,000 to £3,000.
The offices are exactly opposite the handsome iron fountain and the Lumley Hotel, the latter having just undergone extensive alterations for the convenience of numerous excursionists to this now very popular watering place.
The suite offices comprises two one side of the entrance gates, and one on the other, the latter to used as settling room for public, and the former for private purposes.
The first portion the yard appropriated sheep pens. These pens are tubular iron, with granite and cement compo flooring blocks, inclined towards channels connected with drains, so that by turning on the water laid from the waterworks main the pens may be cleaned down directly after use. Each pen is made to hold from five to ten sheep, is square, with internal gates connecting each and all, and external gates all round.
The east pens are for private sale, and the west for public auction.
Adjoining the sheep pens south is situate the cattle selling ring, which is unique its kind. Inside the ring there is raised stage two feet wide and ten inch high, and outside the ring a stage three feet wide and ten inches high, both of which are intended for the use of the public, the former for buyers and the latter for onlookers On one side there will a handsome octagonal rostrum with glass windows, a portion will open towards the ring opposite the entrance door.
The inlet and outlet to the selling pen have each a race, the first for drawing beast ready for the auction, the second for marking before passing into the sold stock ring. The portion of the new market intended for the beasts has tubular iron rods, and cast iron posts at intervals, so to make stands for a few for several beasts. These stands have granite bottoms, channels, and Wash ways, as on the sheep squares. the east side of the beast pens there large covered shed fitted with iron pens for pigs and calves.
On the south the shed there is a large open square, intended to be used for the sale of horses, hay, or straw, timber, or roots. This square adjoins the public and private slaughter houses, which have their separate pinning pens, boiling house, hide and fat stores, other conveniences. Besides this there are about half a dozen small grass paddocks, one of which the new siding cattle dock is placed.
These are for overnight and for sold stock, intended to off at once rail. understand the market is to be held every Tuesday ten o’clock, so that purchases of fat stock can be made, and once sent off the following Wednesday’s markets, viz. : Wakefield, Leicester, Nottingham, Peterborough, or Boston, this being the great feeding centre for cattle of the east coast Lincolnshire.
The works are fair way off being completed early June, when it contemplated to open them as a weekly market for all kinds of stock and produce.
Source: Leicester Journal – Friday 27 May 1881
The following advertisement for the Skegness Cattle Market appeared in the Stamford Mercury on Friday 29 July 1881:
By the end of August of the same year, dwindling figures of attendance were being reported in the Stamford Mercury – one report saying only four sheep were shown.
The cattle market closed temporarily mid-September, reported the Lincolnshire Chronicle, to enable workmen to complete the concrete granite cement flooring for the sheep, pig and cattle pens.