market towns North Yorkshire is home to a diversity of historic market towns each as unique as the charter granted, the earliest of which was in the 12th century. They share a common purpose and meet the same needs of their communities as they have done over the centuries. People in farming and rural communities did not travel like people today. Their lives revolved around the village or hamlet near where they worked. Early markets were held after church on Sundays the time when people got together. Soon the hamlets became villages others became towns and more formal markets were established. As vibrant modern service centre hubs, the market towns provide an important focus today for employment, goods and services, and leisure and community facilities. For the visitor the market towns of North Yorkshire provide an insight into life in rural England and a great place to shop and discover some great bargains!
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Yorkshire Accommodation & Attractions Guide 2014