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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.

Northampton, Northamptonshire

The landscape of Northampton is dotted with reminders of its illustrious history. Despite the great fire of 1675 when much of Northampton was destroyed, it was rebuilt in such a.....

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Northleach, Gloucestershire

The town is utterly beguiling, it has many beautiful old timber frame cottages and some handsome houses of mellow cotswold stone...

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Olney, Buckinghamshire

Amongst other things the small town of Olney in Buckinghamshire is famous for its hymns - Amazing Grace was one of the so-called Olney Hymns written by the rector John Newton, and William Cowper, the poet...

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Ormskirk, Lancashire

The town is noted for it's beautiful church dedicated to St.Peter and St.Paul. The church is Perpendicular and the second of it's two towers was added in the year 1540 to house bells from Burscough Priory after its dissolution...

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Painswick, Gloucestershire

The streets of Painswick are narrow and crammed with fine examples of glowing honey coloured stone buildings from all periods..

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Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

An attractive market town on the river Nidd, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Twice winner of 'Britain in Bloom' and home to the oldest sweet shop in Britain......

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Pickering, North Yorkshire

The enduring popularity of the East Coast of North Yorkshire owes much to the excellent long sandy beaches, while the lure of the wild moorland and its communities never fades...

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Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Pontefract has a ruined castle which has seen many tragedies, Richard II was murdered there in 1400, and later it was the scene of bitter, bloody battles between Roundheads and Royalists...

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Potton, Bedfordshire

Potton is a small market town lying close to the Cambridgeshire border. It has a long history, holding its first market in the 13th century when much of the land on which the town stood belonged to the Earls of Huntingdon...

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Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire

An exquisite feature of the town is the Norman Church of St.Mary, the church shows restoration work from the 13th and 14th centuries and a modern spire built during the early part of the 20th century...

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Reigate, Surrey

This is a bustling part of the Surrey landscape, it is easily reached via the M25 from London and is right on the North Downs Way...

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Richmond, North Yorkshire

Richmond is a lovely old market town on the River Swale in North Yorkshire...

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Ripon, North Yorkshire

Every night Ripons market square is the scene of a 1,000 year old custom when the city Wakeman blows his horn...

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Rothwell, Northamptonshire

Interesting market town, with a long history, its market charter was granted in 1204...

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Saffron Walden, Essex

The outstanding feature of Saffron Walden is its rich variety of properties tangled around its web of ancient streets...

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Sandbach, Cheshire

Sandbach is a market town in Cheshire..

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Settle, North Yorkshire

A wonderful market town in the Yorkshire Dales. Settle is the starting point for the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway; one of Britain's most spectacular and scenic railways which.....

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