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quotePosted at 13:14 on 6th June 2016

England has an abundance of beautiful and historic market towns to explore, so we thought we'd ask members what their favourites are, and why. Keep it as short and sweet as you like, or tell us in great detail - we don't mind! But please base it on your own experiences, thank you.

Here is a useful list (opens in new window) of over 100 Market Towns that we show here on PoE
(just in case you need a reminder of the ones you've been to!)

Thanks for participating. We'll send out a newsletter tomorrow pointing members to this thread.

Chris and Sarah.

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quotePosted at 18:15 on 6th June 2016

My personal favourite market town has to be Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire.

This really is a town of hidden gems, a great riverside setting, and a truly colourful (and bloody) history.

At any time of year the town has a fantastic atmosphere but especially during the towns main annual event - The Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, which is now regarded as the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, and is host to the marvellous battle re-enactment, The Battle of Tewkesbury.

Tewkesbury is also home to a magnificent Abbey which is the second largest parish church in England.  It dates back to around 1102 and has the largest Norman church tower in existence. The abbey is also famous for its wonderful medieval stained glass.

Throughout Tewkesbury you can find many fine medieval buildings to explore, with many of them open to the public, as they house shops, cafes or pubs. One of them is an old coaching Inn 'The Royal Hop Pole' which is mentioned by the great Charles Dickens in his novel 'The Pickwick Papers' so it is thought that he must have at least visited the place, if not stayed there.
At the opposite end of Tewkesbury (just a 5 min walk from the Hop pole) you'll also find the oldest pub in Gloucestershire 'Ye Old Black Bear' which dates back to 1308.

Don't miss! - When visiting Tewkesbury, people often miss or overlook the little medieval alleyways dotted around the town, so its worth keeping an eye out for these as you wander the main streets. A quiet stroll down one of these ancient narrow alleyways really does fill you with a great sense of history, and helps to highlight the beauty and importance of this wonderful town. You’ll also find buildings of interest down them too, including a 15th century Baptist Chapel (the earliest Baptist meeting house in the UK) which is well worth exploring.

 

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quotePosted at 15:25 on 8th June 2016
One of my favorites has to be Skipton --market days are wed-- and --sat plenty stalls and a canal cruise is there if required with drinks served onboard, then have a nice meal at Bizzy Lizzys fish bar.Cool
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quotePosted at 22:38 on 9th June 2016
Thank you James, we really appreciate the info. Skipton does look great, and the castle is meant to be one of the best in the country. Cheers for the feedback.

Edited by: james prescott at:14th June 2016 16:44
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