Market Square

North side of Market Square in the 1900s, with the Royal Bell at the back. The row of buildings on the left were later demolished to make the square larger.

Market Square is the centre of the Old Town which until the coming of the railway in 1858 comprised a single street. The Market Charter was granted to Bishop Gandalf by King John in 1205. The market itself moved to Station Road in 1933, returning to the High Street and square in 2012 (as the Station Road place is part of Local Plan site 2)

The limits of the pre-railway town are still marked by existing buildings – Bromley College in the Upper High Street and Tweed Cottage (Tiger) in the Lower High Street.

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