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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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Shaftesbury, Dorset

Shaftsbury is Dorset's only hill-top town, with its long history and good views it is particularly attractive to tourists...

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Shepton Mallet, Somerset

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Sherborne, Dorset

The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...

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Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury is a wonderfully atmospheric town which beguiles the visitor with sights of bygone centuries and much a great charm is to be found in its narrow streets and medieval buildings...

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Skipton, North Yorkshire

Long considered "The Gateway to the Dales" which lye to the north, moors extend southwards, and the tranquil countryside of the Ribble Valley is to the west...

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St Ives, Cambridgeshire

This attractive market town has one of the most highly picturesque river bridges in the country. The bridge dates to the 15th century and is famous for the chapel in its centre bay, it is one of only four medieval bridge chapel's surviving in England...

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Stafford, Staffordshire

Set in a landscape of contrasts with constantly changing scenery from the Royal hunting forests of Cannock Chase to the breweries of Burton, it is pleasurable to come across the.....

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Stamford, Lincolnshire

Of the 17 churches, only 6 now remain in Stamford, which is without doubt, one of the finest medieval towns in the British Isles, if not in Europe...

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Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire

The pretty market town of Stony Stratford is an ancient town built around the Roman road 'Watling Street' which runs through the middle of the town. It is well worth a visit with.....

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Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

"Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold"..

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Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Stratford Upon Avon is a beautiful historic market town in the County of Warwickshire. Famous as the birthplace of the legendry playwright William Shakespeare..

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Sturminster Newton, Dorset

A small attractive Market Town in Dorset...

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Sudbury, Suffolk

Sudbury is an ancient market town full of evocative memories. It was the birthplace of Gainsborough one of England's greatest painters...

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Tavistock, Devon

This pleasant market town plays host to what is possibly Devon's most entertaining annual fair, the Goose Fair, normally celebrated in the second week of October. Interest in.....

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Teignmouth, Devon

Teignmouth is a lively seaside town with a busy working harbour that is an endless source of fascination and pleasure...

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Tetbury, Gloucestershire

A rather charming Cotswold town which has the good fortune to stand on the winding river Avon. Tetbury has a lovely old church which is thought to have been rebuilt around.....

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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire is an historic market town, situated near the Cotswolds, it has a beautiful Abbey over 500yrs old and lots of historic buildings and alley ways...

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Thame, Oxfordshire

Thame is an ancient market town whose charter was granted by Wulfhere, King of Mercia. It was later mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1087 and has a parish church built during.....

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Thirsk, North Yorkshire

A small market town in North Yorkshire, famous for its 15th century church, racecourse, Thomas Lord, and from being the place Darrowby was based on, which is the town featured in.....

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Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Trowbridge is a historic town crammed with attractive stone buildings. It originated as a settlement along the Biss and flourished from the wool and weaving trades and from these periods there remain many magnificent merchant houses...

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