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Historic Market Towns in England

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Farnham, Surrey

It was King Caedwalla of Wessex who, in 688 bestowed the Manor of Farnham on the Bishop's of Winchester...

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Faversham, Kent

There is record of settlements in the area in pre-historic times, it is known that the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons both established villages...

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Filey, North Yorkshire

Filey is a former fishing town on the North coast of England. It first became a noted holiday resort in Victorian times when the railways opened up giving city dwellers access to the coast...

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Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Fordingbridge is a historic market town in Hampshire..

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Framlingham, Suffolk

Pleasant Suffolk market town with narrow winding streets showing beautiful colour-washed cottages beneath red-tile hung roofs - the best place to see these is in the area around Market Hill...

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Frodsham, Cheshire

In the medieval times Frodsham was an important port and borough belonging to the earls of Chester...

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Glastonbury, Somerset

This little town now enjoys world renown for its annual music festival which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe. None-the-less, this still remains very much a.....

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Godalming, Surrey

A feature of the town is its long narrow streets, these stretch out from the River Wey and are lined with several gracious historic properties...

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Grantham, Lincolnshire

This delightful town, set on the River Witham in a spacious agricultural region is noted for many historic factors but more latterly as the birthplace of Britains first woman Primne Minister - Margaret Thatcher was born here in 1925 and she became Prime Minister in 1979...

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Grassington, North Yorkshire

This is Upper Wharfdale's principle village. It is a place of quiet charm with a lovely old bridge spanning the River Wharfe and cobbled lanes with pretty stone cottages descending towards the attractive village square...

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Hawes, North Yorkshire

This is a thriving, friendly market town at the heart of Wensleydale, it shows beautiful old stone properties, quaint shops, galleries, craft workshops and cafe's arranged around winding cobbled streets...

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Helmsley, North Yorkshire

The town itself is very pretty with lots of interesting stone buildings set around a market square where visitors can find attractive craft and gift shops, as well as cafe's and no less than four former coaching inns...

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Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

Henley held the very first regatta in 1839 and in the year 1851 Prince Albert became Patron of the Regatta, thus giving the event the pretigious title of Royal Henley Regatta...

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Hexham, Northumberland

Historic market town where for centuries the sheep and cattle farmers of Northumberland gathered for the Tuesday market beside Hexham Abbey...

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High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

The largest town in Buckinghamshire county, and once famous for its thriving chair making industry, High Wycombe is the only town in the world that weighs its Mayors, which is a.....

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