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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.

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Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Originally known in Roman times as Corinium Dobunorum, the town of Cirencester in those far off day's was the second largest town in England...

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Cockermouth, Cumbria

Cockermouth is ideally placed to be used as a centre for touring the Lake District National Park. It has a High Street seemingly unaltered, and is ringed by some of the finest scenery in England...

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Colchester, Essex

Interestingly, this is England's oldest-recorded town. It has stood on the banks of the River Colne amid fine Essex countryside throughout some of history's most tempestuous times...

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Congleton, Cheshire

This lively market town stands on a bend of the River Dane, it quite possibly takes its name from the Celtic word "congle" which in English means "a bend"...

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Cranbrook, Kent

Cranbrook is an old rural town of numerous streets and alleys, all still true to their medieval layout...

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Cricklade, Wiltshire

Lying in the northern reaches of Wiltshire, the historic town of Cricklade has many visual delights...

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Devizes, Wiltshire

Devizes is a small market town situate on the edge of the great expanse of Salisbury Plain...

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Diss, Norfolk

Diss is a beautiful old market town built around the edge of a six acre lake...

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Dorchester, Dorset

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and is the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. On the outskirts of the town you will find Hardy’s birthplace and family home in Higher.....

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Dorking, Surrey

It is here that romantically Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton said their good byes before Nelson departed for the Battle of Trafalgar in the year 1805...

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Downham Market, Norfolk

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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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Fakenham, Norfolk

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Fareham, Hampshire

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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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