What was Durham Market Place like in the past?

 

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What did it look like?
Why did it develop there?
Who lived there?
What could you buy there?
Why did St Nic's change?

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Sometime in the 12th century, the market in Durham moved to its present location. This resource has been designed to help you find out more about how the Market Place has changed over time by making use of original source material. To get started, just click on one of the themes!
 
What did it look like?
 

 

Although the Market Place has not changed its location in centuries, it's appearance has changed considerably over time.

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Why did it develop there?
 

Markets have been held on the present site of the Market Place since the 12th century. Find out why this was thought to be the best place.

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Who lived there?
 

The Market Place is not just a centre of trade: it's also a place where people made their homes. Discover more about the families living there.

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What could you buy there?
 

The main function of the Market Place is a place where people could buy things. Find out what has changed over time and what you could buy there.

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Why did St Nic's change?
 

There has been a church in the Market Place since the 12th century but the present building was built in Victorian times. Why did it change?

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