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   Louise Parkin runs a popular stall selling hand-made fudge and pork scratchings
  Paul Green has an on-trend business on Winchester market buying and selling vinyl records
Wednesday, a similar number on Thursday, which has a shabby chic theme, and 50 on Fridays and Saturdays.
An antiques and collectibles market now runs on the first Sunday on the month and an arts and craft themed market takes place on the third Sunday, with 70 to 80 stalls pulling in the punters.
Understandably the traders are very happy to stand Winchester market. Tony Lee, who began selling bags on Winchester market 40 years ago and moved on to selling wooden construction models believes it is one of the best.
He traded alongside Paul in the old location and supported the move to the new prime location.
Leah Allen is a new trader on a street food section of the market. “We moved to Winchester last November and after 10 years running a catering business I didn’t want to start working for someone else.”
So she has launched The Jerk Inn selling jerk chicken and other delicacies on the market.
“I have had a lot of help and support from Paul and his team and I am enjoying trading on a market,” said Leah, who is optimistic
about her future here.
Other traders range from high end craft and
arts stalls to quality food and traditional stalls including fruit and veg.
Louise Parkin sells an unusual combination of home-made fudge and hand-made pork scratchings, both of which go down well on the market.
“It is my brother’s business and I have been selling his products on this market for six-and- a-half years now. We do well here,” she added.
And Paul Green has also built up a strong following on the market buying and selling vinyl records.
Paul, who used to run his own art gallery, said: “I started by selling my personal collection, then vinyl became the thing. I have an online presence but this is the sort of line that people like to pick up and look at, so the market is a great place to be.”
So the happiest place to live in Britain also boasts plenty of happy traders and shopkeepers who now see the market as an asset attracting footfall and complementing their retail offer.
 l Market Day: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with antiques on the first Sunday of the month and arts and crafts on the third
l Market Rent: £40 a day for a three ft by three ft, £60 for 15 ft, £35 for a stall on Middle Brook Street and £40 for a stall on a Sunday market
l Winchester’s claim to fame: Famous for its cathedral which has the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe, this Hampshire city is one of the most expensive and desirable places to live in the UK, as well as one of the happiest, according to a recent report. It has links with literary figures including Jane Austen, the poet John Keats and the novelist Thomas Hardy.

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