Charter market in Bromley town re-opening on Thursday

Published Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Bromley’s historic Charter Market will be opening again on Thursday, with social distancing measures in place.

A limited number of stallholders will open on Thursday, with the same operating hours being adopted as previously, with social distancing and other measures in place in line with government guidelines. Bromley's Charter Market, which has been running since 1205, when King John granted a charter allowing a weekly market. The market will also be in operation on Friday and Saturday, in line with the recent opening pattern.

“We are really pleased to be able to re-open the Charter Market again, which is another step in that path of returning to normal or to a new normal as has been said elsewhere.  As well as continuing to observe social distancing measures, I would encourage residents and shoppers to back their local businesses not just because the economic impact of this dreadful coronavirus has been stark but also because we have a full range of businesses that are worth supporting and some of these will be trading this Thursday” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing.

Maxine Stonebridge, a ladies’ fashions stall holder said, “The return of Bromley Charter Market is fantastic news. The Charter Market is one of the friendliest markets I’ve ever worked and I’m looking forward to seeing all the traders and customers again. I would like to thank the council for keeping all the traders up to date with this situation as it has progressed. I’m thankful for all the work that they have put in to enable the market to return in a safe way. The safety of everybody using the market has to be the number one priority.”

Visitors to the town centre will see the Charter Market stalls located in approximately the same positions they were prior to the temporary closure in March but with greater distances between the stalls to help with social distancing measures.  Stallholders have also agreed reduce the size of their pitches as part of this, with fees also being adjusted in light on this. 

The news to re-open the much loved Charter Market followed the temporary closure of the market in March and the earlier government announcement that outdoor markets can open from 1 June as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.

Other measures to support the re-opening of Bromley town centre and other town centre locations across the borough have also been agreed, with these measures also supporting the opening of the Charter Market.