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You Can Take the Girl Out of Yate...
I have long associated a certain kind of market hall - usually dating from the 17th or 18th century, and with an open, pillared area beneath the first floor - with the Cotswolds. It's certainly rich in them, as here in Dursley, for example:


Or here in Chipping Campden:


There are also fine examples in Tetbury and Minchampton, and perhaps other places too.

What about outside the Cotswolds, though? I know there's a similar structure in Faversham, but apart from that is it a Cotswold thing?

On a similar note (and if you saw me ask this question on FB recently please walk on by), are you aware of any UK placename that uses the suffix "mead" or "meade", outside Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire? It has to be a name of long standing, not one invented by a planning committee in recent decades (cf. Thamesmead). I'm aware of Runnymede.

As you might possibly have guessed, my Cotswold project has taken a slight Harry Potter detour. I visited Dursley "to see what was wrong with it" a few years ago, as you may possible recall from these pages (although I can't find the entry right now), and more recently I've taken the obvious next step and looked up the surname distribution. Since the surname "Dursley" derives from the town "Dursley", you won't be surprised to see that the main hot spot is Gloucestershire:

dursley distribution 1998
Dursley Distribution, 1998

JKR was born in Yate (19 miles from Dursley) and grew up in Tutshill (27 miles from Dursley). Coincidence???

There's a fine market hall of this type in Ross-on-Wye (Herefordshire) and another in Ledbury (same county). Others I've come across are in Newent (Gloucestershire), Faringdon (Oxfordshire but outside the Cotswolds) and Reigate (Surrey).

I'm sure there are others. I think the style belongs to a certain era rather than a certain area.

Thanks for those examples!

That makes sense - and it would make sense too that a large number survived in the Cotswolds because nothing has happened since to warrant their replacement.

I can report a sighting in Martock, Somerset, though it's a bit less elegant than the Cotswold examples:

Market House, Martock

Thank you - that's really helpful!

I've seen these in Llanidloes and Whitby that I can remember. I think poliphilo is right that they were pretty widespread in their day.

Edited at 2018-04-22 07:32 pm (UTC)

It's certainly beginning to look that way!

I'd forgotten the one in Whitby- even though I took a photo of it when I was there.

Warwick Market Hall was adapted from that style, and according to the Weald and Downland museum they were once commonplace across England. I suppose you can see how they would have developed from the wooden style at Tichfield:


Wikipedia suggests they were modelled on Florence: but that might be a bit of a stretch. Certainly there are lots of arcaded shopping streets in France and Italy, which I suppose might have inspired them.

I suppose they might have!