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Considering its most famous resident was hillside farms and smallholdings. “It’s a role I applied for and got a year ago,”
said Roger, who has lived in Knaresborough for 40 years and is an expert on local history and a huge fan of the market.
According to Roger, the most famous son and daughter of Knaresborough were blind Jack Metcalf and the soothsayer Mother Shipton, otherwise known as Ursula Southeil.
Blind Jack pioneered toll roads after he travelled across country from London to Knaresborough on a donkey quicker than the stagecoach. He decided that if a blind man on a donkey could beat a stagecoach, the roads needed improving.
Mother Shipton prophesied doom and gloom from her cave which boasts a petrifying well,
Trisha Johnston has been selling groceries on the market for the past 20 years
a hideously ugly old hag who
prophesied doom and gloom from her cave, Knaresborough in North Yorkshire is surprisingly positive.
And the most upbeat place in town is the market, which has been attracting shoppers into this picturesque town from 1100, many years before it was officially granted a market charter by Edward II in 1310.
Wednesday is market day. For centuries Market Place has played host to a higgledy- piggledy array of stalls and barrows where traders have sold their produce.
The barrows have gone. So have the livestock the farmers used to drive to market from their
Debra Dawes has been selling flowers and plants on Knaresborough market for the past 26 years, but she has only been her own boss for the past two years
Neil Bagley is the new market officer who runs Knaresborough market for Harrogate Borough Council
But a lot remains the same.
With its attractive Yorkshire setts and its backdrop of historic buildings, Market Place is still the archetypal market square.
The crowds of townspeople and visitors from surrounding villages and nearby towns continue to flock to town on market day.
The banter and friendliness is just the same as in days gone by when there were no supermarket giants or Internet shopping to distract people.
And every market day at noon the town crier Roger Hewitt climbs up the steps of the market cross resplendent in full regalia to read a series of proclamations.
      Alan Murray, who works for an award-winning cheese company based the other side of the Pennines, has been giving Knaresborough market a go

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