At the time of the Norman Conquest all land was deemed to belong to the sovereign. He rewarded his henchmen by allocating them an area of land, the size of which was dependent on how much they could do for him.
Much Wenlock has been a market town for over 800 years. In 1138 King Stephen granted Wenlock Priory a three-day fair on 23 – 25 June. By 1224 weekly markets were being held on Sundays. In that same year Henry III visited the town, and granted that the Priory should change market day from Monday to Sunday.
In 1468 Edward IV granted a Charter to the Borough of Wenlock which granted new freedoms including the right to raise taxes and freedom from interference by the County’s Sheriff. The Charter also allowed the Borough to raise revenue from holding markets and a fair in June, as well as control over the price of basic foodstuffs.
The Town Council continues to offer shoppers a great choice of produce from a variety of producers and sellers. These range from fresh fruit and vegetables to locally produced pies, preserves, honey and meats. Alongside our local producers we also have traders selling all sorts of general and household products, books, vintage clothing, arts, crafts and plants. The Buttermarket, Square and Corn Exchange are available to hire for markets, live music, demonstrations, exhibitions, festivals, charity events and more!
Market area locations
Corn Exchange, 62 High Street TF13 6AE
The Square (bottom of High Street) TF13 6LX
Buttermarket (underneath the Guildhall) Wilmore Street TF13 6AD
Monday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm
The market areas are open to traders between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, 8.00am – 4.00pm on a Sunday.
CURRENT MARKET STALLS
Fresh fruit, flowers and vegetables
Each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in the Buttermarket, Wilmore Street
Cheese in the Square sometimes on Tuesdays and most weekends
Food Bank each Friday morning at the Corn Exchange
Saturday Craft Market at the Corn Exchange
7th and 21st October
Wenlock Country Markets
Each Thursday at the Corn Exchange 8.00am-1.00pm (February – December)
The Friendly Bus (first Friday of the month at the Corn Exchange)
Stall hire cost (tables: 6ft by 3ft)
Commercial stall hire = £11.00 for the first table then £8.00 for each additional table
Charity (or) non-profit stall hire = £3.00 per table
Hire of entire market area £50.00 per day
Hire of entire market area £25.00 per half day (8.00am-1.00pm)
There are pay and display car parks at Back Lane, Falcons Court and Saint Mary’s Lane.
If you would like to apply for a market stall please download, read and complete the relevant forms shown below then return them along with full payment and a copy of your public liability/licence to:
Much Wenlock Town Council, The Corn Exchange, High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AE
For further information please contact:
Telephone: 01952 727509
Please note that these hire agreements are currently under review