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WEB­SITES Film, pho­tos and mem­o­ries, gath­ered af­ter Here­ford’s live­stock mar­ket moved out of the city, are cel­e­brated at chew­ingth­e­cud. net. There is also a DVD avail­able.

There’s film and old pho­tos of Belfast City’s St Ge­orge Mar­ket to be found at belfastc­ity.gov.uk/tourism-venues.

“Here­ford re­ally was a mar­ket town”: au­dio record­ings from the farm­ing com­mu­nity form part of a dig­i­tal teacher’s pack which is archived at here­ford­shirelore.org.uk. BOOKS Ru­ral Rides by Wil­liam Cob­bett (Pen­guin, 2001). The Wil­liam Cob­bett So­ci­ety is at william­cob­bett.org.uk.

An oral his­tory, A Slap of the Hand – The His­tory of Here­ford Mar­ket, is cur­rently out of print but some se­cond-hand copies are still avail­able on­line. VISIT The Mu­seum of English Ru­ral Life in Red­lands Road, Read­ing ( read­ing.ac.uk/ merl) houses a unique ar­chive re­lat­ing to ru­ral crafts and com­mu­ni­ties.

County ar­chive of­fices and town or city mu­se­ums such as Glouces­ter Folk Mu­seum ( www.glouces­ter.gov.uk/city­mu­seum) are of­ten a good source of mar­ket-re­lated ma­te­rial while there is a de­tailed his­tory of Glouces­ter’s mar­kets and fairs at british­his­tory.ac.uk.

The Trav­el­ling com­mu­nity has a close as­so­ci­a­tion with mar­kets and horse fairs es­pe­cially. The Ro­many & Trav­eller Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety hosts a use­ful web­site ( rtfhs.org.uk) while the Univer­sity of Sh­effield runs the Na­tional Fair­ground ar­chive ( nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk)

Many mar­ket halls sur­vived the mid-20th cen­tury ma­nia for re­de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing some strik­ingly at­trac­tive ones at Ross-on-Wye, Aber­gavenny, Chip­ping Cam­den and Down­ham in Nor­folk.

The half-tim­bered mar­ket hall that once stood at Titch­field in Hamp­shire is pre­served at the Weald and Down­land Mu­seum in West Sus­sex.

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