What was Durham Market Place like in the past?


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Why did the Market Place develop where it did?

Now have a look at this map of Durham City centre which dates from 1820 and try to find the Market Place. What do you notice about it in terms of its position? Think about what went on in the Market Place and how people would get there. Does this help explain why the Market Place developed where it did? If you need to have a closer look at the map, you can use this enlarged version.


Map of Durham city dating from 1820

20. Map of Durham City by John Wood, 1820. (DUL ref: NSR Planfile C19/2). Click on image to enlarge.


There is another factor that might help explain why the Market Place developed in this particular place but it's not very easy to work out from a map. Turn to the next page to see if you can work out the answer.

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