In 1275, Walsham was given the right to hold a weekly market, by a Royal Charter of Henry III.
The Market Rights Indenture was purchased with the Market Cross, from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners on the
5 February 1914.
Market Rights & Market Cross Indenture 5.2.1914
North Walsham Town Council hold a Market every Thursday , and
a Farmers Market on the last Sunday of every month
If you are interested in having a stall on either our Thursday or Sunday Market, please fill out an Market Application Form (above) and email it to NorthWalshamMarkets@outlook.com
The Markets Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/NorthWalshamMarkets
North Walsham Town Council is honoured to be the guardian of this iconic building, keeping it in good repair for all to enjoy now and in the future.
The Market Cross is a listed building, originally used to collect the Market tolls from the traders. Built in 1549 by Bishop Thirlby, it was damaged by the great Fire of North Walsham in 1600 and repaired in 1602 by Bishop Redman.
It was purchased from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners on 5 February 1914 along with the Market Rights for £25. North Walsham is very proud of the Market Cross (also known as the Town Clock.
It has stood for over 400 years and has been designated as a Ancient Monument, the highest form of protection for a building. The roof was replaced with the present lead structure in 1984.
Town Clock within the Market Cross
The Town Clock which is a chiming clock, was purchased in 1899 with funds from the North Walsham Steeplechase. Originally it was a one handed clock that was acquired from Worstead Hall in 1787.
In our 21st century digital age, it is an interesting tradition that our Town Clock remains a hand wound machine. Twice each week our grounds staff climb into the roof of the Market Cross to wind the clock.