THE indoor market in Chester is officially 800 years old this year – and traders pitched their stalls in Town Hall Square to put their wares on show.
The earliest mention of Chester Market was in 1139, but the first shopping charter was issued in 1208.
Henry III confirmed the charter in 1239 and it continued until the Great Charter of 1506, which also granted Chester its first mayor.
Crowds thronged the stalls and award-winning sausage maker David Joinson was on hand to give shoppers the chance to try his Pork and Cheshire Blue, which wowed the judges at this year’s food festival.
Although the town hall has disappeared behind scaffolding for a £1.3m refurbishment, the market is still trading behind, with up to 100 stalls offering shoppers everything from fresh food and toys to soft furnishings and science- fiction collectibles.
It is close to the bus exchange and within easy reach of “free after 3” parking.
The opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 8am-5.30pm.