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Historic Market Towns in England

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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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Shaftesbury, Dorset

Shaftsbury is Dorset's only hill-top town, with its long history and good views it is particularly attractive to tourists...

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Sherborne, Dorset

The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...

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Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury is a wonderfully atmospheric town which beguiles the visitor with sights of bygone centuries and much a great charm is to be found in its narrow streets and medieval buildings...

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Skipton, North Yorkshire

Long considered "The Gateway to the Dales" which lye to the north, moors extend southwards, and the tranquil countryside of the Ribble Valley is to the west...

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St Ives, Cambridgeshire

This attractive market town has one of the most highly picturesque river bridges in the country. The bridge dates to the 15th century and is famous for the chapel in its centre bay, it is one of only four medieval bridge chapel's surviving in England...

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Stafford, Staffordshire

Set in a landscape of contrasts with constantly changing scenery from the Royal hunting forests of Cannock Chase to the breweries of Burton, it is pleasurable to come across the.....

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Stamford, Lincolnshire

Of the 17 churches, only 6 now remain in Stamford, which is without doubt, one of the finest medieval towns in the British Isles, if not in Europe...

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Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire

The pretty market town of Stony Stratford is an ancient town built around the Roman road 'Watling Street' which runs through the middle of the town. It is well worth a visit with.....

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Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

"Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold"..

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Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Stratford Upon Avon is a beautiful historic market town in the County of Warwickshire. Famous as the birthplace of the legendry playwright William Shakespeare..

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Sturminster Newton, Dorset

A small attractive Market Town in Dorset...

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