Urban Revival Market in the D Division Block of the former Pentridge Prison. This was an opportunity to see inside the old gaol and check out some artisan market stalls.
Pentridge Prison (aka "Coburg College") was built in 1850 and officially closed in 1997. D Divison has been a female prison, the site of the last hanging in Australia and a remand prison. It now is available for weddings, kids parties and sleepovers. And hosts the occasional market like this Urban Revival one which was on the ground floor of three levels of cells. It was both unsettling and impressive when we turned the corner and saw the rows of cells before us.
Luda Vintageware. They had old crockery, vintage fly spray cans and a pile of suitcase. I was most amused by an old bag of silverware that looked like exactly the sort of thing that might have helped criminals find their way in here when it was a functioning prison.
Twisted Mac stall. We shared a plain macaroni cheese ($8) and it was so delicious. I was pleased to find something simple that Sylvia could eat. You could also buy macaroni cheese with fancy toppings.
attempts to hold regular markets here but neither have gained the traction they need. However as this area of Coburg continues to develop, perhaps the time will come when it is viable to have a regular Pentridge market. Meanwhile there are a couple of cafes in the old Pentridge complex: the Glass Den and the Boot Factory. I hope to visit and write about these some time.
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