Bromley Charter Market

History of the market

Bromley's Charter Market has been running since 1205, when King John granted a charter allowing a weekly Tuesday market.

In 1447 King Henry VI granted a revised charter changing the market day to every Thursday. Being granted a Royal Charter meant that no other market could take place within 6⅔ miles on the same day as the Charter Market, a distance based on how far a shepherd could drive his flock of sheep to market in one day.

The market was first held at Bromley Manor and then moved to Market Square where it stayed until 1933.

Increased road traffic and highway improvements saw the Charter Market move to Station Road car park by Bromley North station where it remained until relocating to Bromley High Street in July 2012.