GAZETTEER OF MARKETS AND FAIRS IN ENGLAND AND WALES TO 1516
Full information is now available for England and Wales, including an Index
of Persons and Index of Institutions.
Last updated: 15 July 2010
Recent updates: Altrincham (Cheshire), Bideford (Devon), Brackley (Nhants), Bredon (Worcestershire), Catterick (Yorkshire), Congleton (Cheshire), Ellesmere (Shropshire), Frodsham (Cheshire), Garstang (Lancashire), Grinton (Yorkshire), Halton, Knutsford, Knutsford Booths, Macclesfield, Malpas, Middlewich (Cheshire), Milborne Port (Somerset), Nantwich, Northwich (Cheshire), Southwell (Nottinghamshire), Wolsingham (Durham);
Updates/additions made since the printed Gazetteer was published by the List and Index Society in 2003 are given in red.
We are very grateful to those who have provided additional information or brought errors to our attention. In particular, we would like to thank: Paul Booth, Ian Fairclough, Henry Griffy, Oliver Harris, Beth Hartland, John Lee, Jonathan Mackman, Marc Morris, Paul Remfry, Douglas Richardson, Mike Shaw, Terry Slater and Tom Welsh
If you have any comments, suggestions or queries about the site, please email Olwen.Myhill@sas.ac.uk
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The Gazetteer was compiled by Dr Samantha
Letters as a two-year project, based at the Centre for Metropolitan History,
and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Award No. R000237395).
Additional funding has been received from English Heritage, The Aurelius Trust, and Guildhall Library (Corporation of London). Dr Mario Fernandes has assisted with checking and editing entries.
The information in the Gazetteer is copyright. When using information from the Gazetteer please acknowledge this in the form: Samantha Letters, Online Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England Wales to 1516 <http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/gaz/gazweb2.html>: [county name] (last updated date).
The Gazetteer is a catalogue of markets and fairs in medieval England and Wales. This is the first comprehensive national survey. The project worked systematically through a range of sources to provide as much information as possible about each market and fair, with background information on places where they were held. The Gazetteer is valuable to those interested in all periods, as the markets and fairs established during the Middle Ages formed the core of the later network.
The English Gazetteer is divided into counties, as these were arranged on the eve of the 1974 county boundary changes. Within each county, the information is listed alphabetically by each place where there is evidence for a market and/or a fair. For Wales the Gazetteer is arranged by place in alphabetical order.
New users are encouraged to read the Basic Introduction. For a detailed description of the project, sources used and initial findings, see the Full Introduction. Experienced users can move to the county or place in which they are interested, or use the indexes to persons and institutions recorded in the Gazetteer. A list of the abbreviations and a glossary of terms used in the Gazetteer are provided.
Glossary of Terms
Full Introduction and Appendices
English Counties and Wales
Index of Persons
Index of Institutions
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