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Historic Market Towns in England

Exploring the best Historic Market Towns to visit in England, with Pictures and history, historical facts, articles and more.

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Lechlade, Gloucestershire

This pleasant little market town, set beside the upper reaches of the Thames, is dominated by the elegant spire of the beautiful parish church of St.Lawrence..

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Ledbury, Herefordshire

Ledbury is an attractive town whose centre has changed very little over the years. The Old Grammer School and Butchers Row cottage are but two of Ledbury's beautifully preserved Medieval buildings to be seen in the cobbled street, known as Church Lane...

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Lewes, East Sussex

Lewes is the boyhood home of the famous diarist, John Evelyn (1620 - 1706) He lived at Southover Grange, an Elizabethan house, which is close to the castle...

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Lichfield, Staffordshire

The Lichfield Markets have been held on the historic Market Square since King Stephen granted the first charter for a market in 1153. In the past martyrs were burnt at the.....

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Louth, Lincolnshire

Louth is a lively and interesting market town whose cattle have now been replaced with other industries and the good townspeople who for centuries were engaged in agriculture, are these days employed in business and commerce...

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Ludlow, Shropshire

Nestling on the banks of the rivers Corve and Theme Ludlow is a joyous town to visit at any time of year...

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Macclesfield, Cheshire

A small Market town in Cheshire..

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Malmesbury, Wiltshire

The town stakes its claim to be the oldest borough in England on the fact that it was granted a charter in the year 924 by King Edward..

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Manningtree, Essex

The town shows fine examples of weavers cottages and walks through the town reveal fine Georgian facades behind which are Tudor and Elizabethan houses...

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March, Cambridgeshire

A curiosity of the town is the tradition of the March, March march. This is when a group of Cambridge students gather in the town to walk back to Cambridge stopping at all convenient inns to quench their thirst!..

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Market Drayton, Shropshire

Market Drayton is famous as the home of Gingerbread, and as the birthplace of Robert Clive - Clive of India, he was educated at the Grammar School, founded in 1558, and his desk bearing his carved initials is still preserved...

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Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

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Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Marlow developed into a thriving town from a small community situated at the side of the River Thames...

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Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Uniquely, Minchinhampton is reached only by a narrow winding road that climbs upwards and travels across remote and windswept common land..

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Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

The delightful market town of Moreton has welcomed visitors for many centuries...

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Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Nailsworth is a handsome town that has a history stretching back to beyond Roman times...

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Nantwich, Cheshire

Today, Nantwich is a busy bustling place of business and commerce that still manages to retain its unique 'Elizabethan' flavour...

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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

As it's name implies, this town enjoys a fine position on the River Trent. The great castle where King John died in 1216 lies in ruins on the banks of the river...

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Newbury, Berkshire

Newbury is a lovely town, it is rich in 17th century buildings with the Tudor granary building being of immense attraction...

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