Bromley’s Christmas Charter Market is here
PUBLISHED: 10:38 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:38 10 December 2018
Shoppers will now find Bromley’s historic Charter Market in the Market Square area and it will be open every day from Thursday, December 13 to Christmas Eve.
To mark the start of the busy Christmas trading period, the Mayor Councillor Kim Botting visited the market in the high street’s pedestrian section last week.
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.
It operates 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 December 13 until 3pm on Christmas Eve.
Councillor Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal, recreation and housing, said: “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.”
King John granted a charter allowing a market in Bromley each Tuesday. A revised charter granted by Henry VI in 1447 changed the market day to every Thursday. The Royal Charter status meant that no other market could take place within six⅔ 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 meant it moved to 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