Thi is a quirky little market which can be found on the abrbican in plymouth. you may nee some help finding it s it is very small and the front looks more like a small shop entarnce. there isnt enough here to keep you browsing for hours but there are a few trinkety type shops for those lookinf for a unique gift.
There are some lovely little shops here. There is an antiques shop, a militaria shop and a couple of jewellery shops. A lovely place to browse whilst on the Barbican. Prices in the jewellery shops are very reasonable and there are some lovely finds in the antique shop. Well worth a browse.
The House That Jack Built is a unique shopping arcade in the heart of Plymouth's historic Barbican. The eclectic mix of independent specialist shops offers a rich diversity of high quality products unavailable on the high street.
We are home to the famous mural "The Last Judgement" painted by Barbican artist Robert Lenkiewicz, which incorporates a stained glass window and iron gates. Above the retail shops, up the spiral staircase is the New Crystal Dragon chinese restaurant, perfect for a delicious evening meal in a traditional setting.
Please visit our website www.thehousethatjackbuilt.org.uk to see our current shops and read all about the facsinating history of the arcade. We hope to see you soon!
Established in 1982.
The premises now known as The House That Jack Built was formerly used as a warehouse for the family run wholesale fruit and veg business, James L. Nash Ltd. Over many years on his trips to Cornwall, Jack was inspired by the Sloop Craft Market in St.Ives, which offered small units to local artists, painters, potters, weavers and silversmiths, creating a great buzz.
Jack, an artist himself, understood the frustration of finding suitable premises to work in, and had recently met, and had given over his own studio 25 The Parade to Robert Lenkiewicz, who was very pleased indeed. This studio was adjacent to the Elizabethan mural which he painted in the early 1970's.
Realising the fruit and veg warehouse could be put to much better use, Jack started the two year transformation into The House That Jack Built, featuring 11 mullion windowed Dickensian style shop fronts, meandering corridors, fountains and ponds, fantasy scenes where dragons and gnomes frolic in the leafy dells.
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