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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.

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

On arrival in Beaconsfield you are immediately struck by the spaciousness of its wide streets and the wonderful show of Victorian buildings and houses in the main street...

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Beccles, Suffolk

A town of picturesque buildings, with many relaxing places in which to quietly roam...

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Bedale, North Yorkshire

A market town in North Yorkshire, granted its Market Charter in 1251 by Henry III...

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Bedford, Bedfordshire

Bedford is the historic County town of Bedfordshire with a beautiful riverside setting on the great River Ouse. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's has strong associations with this town...

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Bellingham, Northumberland

The market town of Bellingham sits on one of Northumberland's prettiest stretches of water, the north bank of the River North Tyne...

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Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

This is a town best known for its impressive Minster church which is without doubt one of the most splendid in Europe. It is mostly Early English in style and was begun in 1220......

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Bewdley, Worcestershire

The graceful arches of the bridge designed by Thomas Telford (1757-1854) are a dominant feature of this lovely old town which nestles on the banks of the River Severn...

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Bishop Auckland, County Durham

This was the busy social and commercial centre of the south-west Durham coalfield, but the town is actually much older than the Industrial Revolution, although that historic.....

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Utterly delightful, a town of matchless elegance, of quintessentially English beauty, are but a few of the attributes to the fine Market town on the River Stour...

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Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

Boroughbridge is a pretty market town in North Yorkshire. The town has some interesting history, including the neothlithic ‘Devils Arrows’ standing stones and the site of the.....

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Bovey Tracey, Devon

The pretty town of Bovey Tracey borders with the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor...

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Bridgwater, Somerset

Bridgwater emerged from a village of the Middle Ages to become a prosperous river-port. Later, it became known as the place where Monmouth proclaimed himself King...

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Bridport, Dorset

Bridport can be classed as having everything to please the holiday maker, it has a strong nautical atmosphere born of its long association with the sea, and its history as a flourishing rope making town during the great age of sailing ships...

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Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Said to have been founded by 'Bucca' leader of the first Anglo Saxon settlers during the 7th century AD, and declared the county town of Buckinghamshire during the year 888 by.....

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Bungay, Suffolk

Bungay is an attractive historic market town in Suffolk and is situated on the river Waveney in the Norfolk Broads National Park. The town has several historic attractions.....

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Burford, Oxfordshire

Burford is an attractive Cotswold town in the Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds, with a famous High Street that slopes down to a three-arched medieval bridge that carries traffic.....

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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Bury St.Edmunds is laid out in accordance with the old medieval formula of a square for god and a square for man...

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Chagford, Devon

With haunting scenery, quaint cottages, pretty streets and alleyways Chagford has something for everyone...

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