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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.

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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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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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

This beautiful old town grew up close to the River Hebden at the point where a stone bridge was built as part of a pack-horse route in the 16th century...

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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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Holt, Norfolk

Holt, is a very attractive Georgian town in Norfolk, which after a great fire in 1708 which destroyed much of the town, was almost completely rebuilt with Georgian architecture.....

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Kendal, Cumbria

Sometimes referred to 'the auld grey town' because it was built mainly of grey stone, Kendal is a large Market town in the east of Cumbria...

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Keswick, Cumbria

Keswick is a pretty Market Town that nestles between the spectacular Skiddaw Mountains and the northern end of the serene Derwentwater Lake within the Lake District National Park.....

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Kington, Herefordshire

This is a small ancient market town sheltered by the Hergest Ridge which rises to a height of over 1,380 ft. The town is situated near the Welsh border, with the lovely River Arrow flowing through...

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Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

This attractive market town lies in the high reaches of Yorkshire above Harrogate. It is overlooked by the peaceful waters of the River Nidd which is spanned by a magnificent.....

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Launceston, Cornwall

There is a restless beauty about this stunning region, it has constantly changing vista's, the beautiful stone of enchanting houses glows in the warmth of the sun...

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Leatherhead, Surrey

This is an ancient town, where the parish church of St.Mary and St.Nicholas has existed since Anglo-Saxon times...

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Lechlade, Gloucestershire

This pleasant little market town, set beside the upper reaches of the Thames, is dominated by the elegant spire of the beautiful parish church of St.Lawrence..

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Ledbury, Herefordshire

Ledbury is an attractive town whose centre has changed very little over the years. The Old Grammer School and Butchers Row cottage are but two of Ledbury's beautifully preserved Medieval buildings to be seen in the cobbled street, known as Church Lane...

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