Northampton's Market Square is one of the oldest and largest in England. It dates from 1235 when Henry III forbade the selling of goods in the churchyard of All Saints and ordered that the Market be moved to a space north of the churchyard, its present site.
Markets are held Monday to Saturday. Monday is fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants only. Tuesday to Saturday are the general market days.
The Market Square is surrounded by many interesting buildings, notably, Welsh House, Beethoven House, and Victoria House. The older buildings date mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Before the advent of regular markets, fairs were held in the church and churchyard of All Saints. In 1189 Northampton received its first Market Charter allowing markets and fairs to be held on the ground east of All Saints. This charter allowed tolls to be charged and prohibited the operation of rival local markets.
In 2006 Northampton Market changed shape. This was to open up an Events Area for alternative markets, exhibitions, promotions, demonstrations, and entertainment.
With our new layout, Northampton Market has kept a traditional feel to the experience of buying and selling. And since the closure of the indoor Fish Market, which is in the process of being transformed into the Bus Interchange, we have accommodated some Fish Mongers and Butchers on to the Market Square along with our regular traditional wares and additional specialized goods.
Pick Up Points
Below is a list of pick up points for our excursions. Please note, we do not pick up from all of these points on every excursion - please contact us for more information on 01952 255560.
Admaston, Admaston Road Bus Stop
Aqueduct, Castlefields Way Bus Stop (or Junction Brookside)
Beacon, Abraham Darby Academy
Bridgnorth, Mill Street, Northgate (opposite Sainsbury's), Woodberry Down
Brosely, Lady Forester (opposite garage) or Square
Dawley, Lord Hill Bus Station
Donnington, The Parade
Hadley, Bus Station
Jackfield, St Mary's Close
Leegomery, Leicester Way Bus Stop
Madeley, Telford Coach Travel Centre
Much Wenlock, Wheatland Garage
Newport, National Westminster Bank
Oakengates, Coalport Public House
Queen Street, Hills Lane Shops
Shawbirch, Woolpack Public House
Shifnal, Jaspers or Royal George Public House
St. Georges, Elephant & Castle
Stirchley, Sandino Court Bus Stop
Sutton Hill, Madebrook Layby
Telford Town Centre, Bus Station
Trench Road, Shops by Duke of York
Wellington, Victoria Street Bus Station or Captain Webb Public House
Woodside, Bus Stop (Formerly Elizabethan)