Information for record number MWA2153:
Site of Medieval Market Hall in Market Place

Summary The site of the Medieval market hall is known from documentary evidence. It was sold in 1791 and demolished. It stood in Market Place, Warwick.
What Is It?  
Type: Market Hall, Market, Fair
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Warwick
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 28 64
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 In the centre of the High Market, in an area known as the Barley Market, was the Booth Hall or Tolbooth, built by Thomas de Beauchamp (d1369). Stalls in it were rented to traders until 1505 when it became the residence of the manorial bailiff. In 1554 it was given to the newly-created corporation. In 1742 the Booth Hall was taken into the hands of the Sequestration Commissioners. The corporation probably recovered the Hall, but repairs subsequently became costly, and it began seriously to decay. As a result it was sold in 1791 and demolished.
2 Market (Prescriptive: borough, mint) recorded 1088x1119 when Henry de Beaumont, earl of Warwick, granted a tenth of the toll to one of his priests. Market also recorded in the mid thirteenth century. In 1279, the Market days were Wed and Sat. Fair (Charter) vfm+5, Peter ad Vincula (1 Aug); gr 5 Oct 1261, by K Hen III to John de Plessis, earl of Warwick and his successors in the earldom. On 22 Sept 1262, John de Plessis, earl of Warwick granted to his burgesses a Fair on 6+f+8 Peter ad Vincula, following his petition to the king. Fair (Charter) vf+5, Michael (29 Sept); gr 6 Nov 1268, by K Hen III to William de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick. To be held at the manor. On 16 Jul 1413, Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, the king’s cousin, stated that the yearly Fair held for 3 days at Michaelmas, granted to the bailiffs, burgesses and other commons of Warwick, was of no profit. On that day there were six or seven other Fairs in the neighborhood. K Ric II granted Earl Richard and his heirs that the bailiffs, burgesses and other commons could have a Fair in the borough on vfm Bartholomew (24 Aug) in lieu. Fair (Charter) vfm+12, Peter and Paul (29 Jun); gr 25 Aug 1290, by K Edw I to William de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick. To be held at the manor. Fair (Grant: Other) 3 day Fair on f Simon and Jude (28 Oct); gr 1479. Fair (Grant: Other) 3 day Fair on f Philip and James (1 May); gr 1479.
3Also mentioned as the Butcher's Hall (number 237) on Baker's 1788 map.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 8, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Pugh R B (ed)
Date: 1969
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 8
Source No: 2
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs to 1516 (Warwickshire)
Author/originator: Institute of Historical Research (CMH)
Date: 2005
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Warwickshire
Source No: 3
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers. Comm.
Author/originator: B Gethin
Date: 2013 onwards
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technique Documentary Evidence Documentary evidence is another name for written records. The first written records in Britain date back to the Roman period. Documentary evidence can take many different forms, including maps, charters, letters and written accounts. When archaeologists are researching a site, they often start by looking at documentary evidence to see if there are clues that will help them understand what they might find. Documentary evidence can help archaeologists understand sites that are discovered during an excavation, field survey or aerial survey. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument MARKET * An open space or covered building in which cattle, goods, etc, are displayed for sale. back
monument FAIR * A site where a periodical gathering of buyers, sellers and entertainers, meet at a time ordained by charter or statute or by ancient custom. back
monument MANOR * An area of land consisting of the lord's demesne and of lands from whose holders he may exact certain fees, etc. back
monument MARKET HALL * A purpose built covered market hall, usually 19th century, although earlier examples do exist, eg. that at Abingdon, Oxfordshire c.1680. back
monument MARKET PLACE * An area, often consisting of widened streets or a town square, where booths and stalls may be erected for public sales. back
monument MINT * A place where money is coined under public authority. back

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