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Boston Market

Boston Market operates in the Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Boston market is a recognised tourist attraction in its' own right; with over 120 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, house hold 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 an auction starting at 09.30am each week, that sells everything from plants to cars.  Maybe one of the towns 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 when at that time goods which were rare such as spices and wines, could be bought fresh from the port as 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 3pm and is free to visit.  As the towns museum and TIC you can find out about other Markets nearby in Lincolnshire, but the charter is well worth a view in the historic Council Chamber.

 

2017 Markets

Boston Borough Council will run a market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year 2017.

There will be no market on Wednesday 27th December 2017.

Other markets which you may wish to visit include our Boston Craft Market which is held alternate Thursdays.  Handmade crafts by local artists and producers are available to purchase, some of whom are able to create items made to order.  So if you're looking for something a little different with a more personal touch, perhaps take a look at this popular market.  If you'd like to join us as a trader yourself, please contact us at events@boston.gov.uk or visit our Craft Market page on the website.

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Charity Stalls

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.

Related documents

Size Name
[568kb] Markets Policy 2017 Markets Policy 2017
[36kb] Consent to Continue Trading Form Consent form to be completed by existing to market traders to confirm that they accept the new terms and conditions.
[62kb] Charity Stall Application Form Charity Stall Application Form

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.