Boston Market operates in the Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday.
Boston market is a recognised tourist attraction in its' own right; with a large number of stalls offering a diverse and attractive range of goods, services and fresh local produce. There is something here for everyone - including fruit and veg, plants, cheeses, toys, gadgets, fabrics, sweets, cakes, cards, household goods - there's so much to see.
In addition to the market in the Market Place itself, the Bargate Green Market is held every Wednesday on Bargate Green. This market also offers a range of goods and local produce and includes a popular auction starting at 09.30am each week that sells everything from plants to cars. Perhaps one of the town's famous artists' works, such as a WB Thomas or a Hackford watercolour may be found?? You never know what will be on offer to bid on, as the goods vary week to week...
Trading fairs or "marts" have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century - the earliest historic record of a fair or "mart" is in 1132. It ran from St. Botolph's Day (12th June) to 24th June. In 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston's Fair. The earliest maps of Boston date from that time and the "Market Place" is indicated on them in its current location. Once a year the London courts would close so that everyone would have the opportunity to visit Boston during the May Fair, at that time goods which were rare, such as spices and wines, could be bought fresh from the port. The town flourished and Boston Port was recognised as second only to London.
In 1545 Boston obtained its Charter of Incorporation from Henry VIII, via his son Edward VI. On 1st June, John Robinson took office as the first Mayor of Boston. The 12 aldermen were sworn in and the Recorder and Town Clerk appointed. Amongst his other roles the Mayor was declared "Clerk of the Market".
The original document, beautifully illustrated and with its impressive royal seal, is kept in the Guildhall in South Street. The charter contains the following reference. "We have granted also... unto the said Mayor and Burgesses, and their successors, that they and their successors, for ever, shall have a free Market twice a week, that is to say, upon the Wednesday and Saturday..."
Boston Guildhall is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm. Last admission is 3pm and it is free to visit. As the town's Tourist Information Centre is located here, you can also find out about other Markets nearby in Lincolnshire. But the charter is well worth a visit alone and it can be viewed in the historic Council Chamber.
A stall can be made available on the market every Saturday, for use by charities and local organisations. This can be used to sell products to raise money for the charity; or to raise awareness. Charities and organisations are permitted one free charity stall per year; additional bookings (up to four in total per year) will be charged at the standard market stall rent. To apply for a charity stall please complete the application form below.
If you require any further information please telephone (01205) 314587.
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