It was a disastrous affair. Millers and cornmerchants might frequent the Cornmarket, but few growers brought their samples there. The Cornmarket building cost £7,000 and was sold for £1,710, and converted into a music hall. It left the Cornmarket almost bereft of trade, The Angel Street building survived but proved a ruinous affair for its first shareholders. George Griffith's verses on the building of the two corn exchanges are, I think worthy of recording:
On the Building of Two Corn Exchanges in Worcester in 1848
The Earnest Cry and Prayer of the Kiddermister Farmers, Millers and Dealers, to their Worcester Bretheren.
Ye Worcester magnates, dealers, squires, Ye hopeful sons, and happy sires: We trust ye'll grant us our desires - No great request; Nor throw cold water on the fires That warm our breast
We hear you're bent upon an act That seems to give lie to the fact, Or certes that you're rather cracked, And lost to reason: 'Gainst sense it seems an over act, Of rank high treason.
Pray now in time take our advice, Nor think it'gainst to give it device- We shall not stoop to give it twice 'Twould be such lowness - We give it freely without price, Or fee, or bonus.
We humbly tell each Corn Committee, It seems to us a monstrous pity That you should build in your fair city Two new Echanges; Such madness, did it ever hit ye, True Sense deranges ?
Now one would be enough for you And as you know it would be true That we have none - we beg to sue You'll build the other In Kidderminster, if you view It as a brother.
But if you still resolve on both, Perhap's, when time has cool'd your wrath, You may at last feel nothing loth, Our griefs t'assuage, To send us one by that great sloth, Brunel's Broad Gauge
The last line shows the frustration of most people of that time in the troubles of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway, which seemed to get nowhere. In fact, the opening was still two years off.