The Hill / Old Market Square

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Although looking the worse for wear in these early 1900 images, this area had been bustling in times past.  An annual fair was held from 1267 until about 1900.  And a ‘hiring fair’ took place in late Sept where labourers and servants would look for work for the coming year.  May Day celebrations took place, and there would be a huge bonfire on Guy Fawkes night.  From 1271 to around 1600 it was also Codicote’s marketplace - some of the stalls becoming permanent shops over time, shrinking the area to its present size.


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