700th Anniversary of Stockton Market, May 2010

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The event took place in May 2010 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Stockton market. As a member of Stockton Camera Club we were asked to go along on the day to take photographs of the market celebrations etc. At one point I was standing in front of the platform watching the then Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Tom Wright making a speech when someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would like to go inside the Town Hall to photograph the signing a new charter… so I said yes!

In May 1310, Bishop Bek of Durham signed a charter proclaiming ‘To our town of Stockton a market upon every Wednesday for ever’ – and since then the market has been in Stockton’s High Street every Wednesday and Saturday.

Photographs and details courtesy of Brian Swales.