Christmas Charter Market is here!

Published Monday, 10 December 2018

Shoppers will now find Bromley’s historic Charter Market in the Market Square area of the high street’s pedestrian section every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To mark the start of the busy Christmas trading period, the Mayor Councillor Kim Botting, visited the market on Thursday last week. The added vibrancy of the market, in its newly located position, attracts shoppers to the town centre where they will also find a mix of traders, shops and businesses. The market offers an eclectic mix of traditional and modern, including high quality fresh produce, street food, beautiful hand crafted gifts, speciality goods and more.

The market’s trading hours are from 9am to 5pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year but in the run up to Christmas, the market will be open each day from Thursday 13 December until 3pm on Christmas Eve.

“My thanks to the Mayor for launching the Charter Market’s all important Christmas trading period it its newly relocated position, acting as gateway into the pedestrianised area into the town centre.  We are enormously proud to have the unique, historic, Charter Market which has been in existence since 1205.  This way, visitors and shoppers can meander along the stalls whilst being able to easily visit the permanent shops on both sides of the stalls.  It is an exciting time for Bromley, with improvement working ongoing and of course, both the cinema and Lidl coming to the town, demonstrating the attractive proposition Bromley is for the full range of business types” said Councillor Peter Morgan Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing.

Bromley’s historic Charter Market started life in 1205 when King John granted a charter allowing a market each Tuesday. A revised charter granted by King Henry VI in 1447 changed the market day to every Thursday. The Royal Charter status 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, first held at Bromley Manor, moved to Market Square where it stayed until 1933. Increased road traffic and highway improvements saw the Charter Market relocate to Station Road car park where it remained until moving to Bromley High Street in July 2012 before its recent transfer back to Market Square.

More information about the market is available at www.bromley.gov.uk/markets 

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