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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.

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Henry I gave Dunstable its first "Royal" charter making it a market town, this was at the time he founded the town's Augustinian priory in 1131...

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Dursley, Gloucestershire

Dursley is an ancient place, set in lush greenery to the edge of the Cotswolds in the midst of the beautiful Vale of Berkley, close to the River Severn...

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Easingwold, North Yorkshire

Only a stones throw from the city of York, Easingwold makes good base for touring this area, with good routes for all the main places in North Yorkshire. Easingwold has some of.....

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Epsom, Surrey

Epsom, is known world-wide for what is perhaps the most famous horse race of all time - The Derby...

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Fairford, Gloucestershire

Fairford was granted a market charter in the year 1135 but it is believed that village has its origins way back in the Bronze Age. Its beautiful church is world famous for having the most complete set of Medieval stained glass windows of any parish church in the United Kingdom..

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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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Great Dunmow, Essex

Great Dunmow in Essex is a pretty market town, also known as a 'Flitch' town, due to the unique flitch trials that are held there every four years during a leap year. The name.....

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