Richmond Markets History.

Richmond became an important centre of trade and permission was needed to hold regular markets-holding markets and trading fairs was a privilege, not right, only granted by Royals or Nobles. Charters were granted as early as 1145 and in 1276 King Edward I granted to John, Duke of Brittany, Earl of Richmond, the right to hold weekly markets and a four-day trading fair. The September fair continued to be held until the 20th century. Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth I and Charles II all issued charters to Richmond, protecting its market rights. To this day no market is able to be held within six miles of Richmond without paying a levy to the Town Council.

The historic markets of Richmond have been offering their many and varied delights to the townspeople and visitors for over 900 years. Although you can no longer pick up a horse, cow or sheep to take home with your shopping, you can still pass the time in the bustling market place where you're absolutely certain to find something you didn't know you needed.