The traders at Chelmsford Market in the county city of Essex have been selling goods at bargain prices since it was given a royal charter in 1199 AD.
In the 816 years that it has been in existence the market in Chelmsford has evolved and made sure that it has kept up to date with the needs of today's shoppers.
It is now a covered market so shoppers, and traders, can still operate in relative comfort whatever the Essex weather throws at them - and at certain times of the year it certainly throws plenty!
One thing that hasn't changed over time is the vast array of goods available at Chelmsford market.
It offers great value for money, and personal service, supplied by the friendly stall holders.
Something that internet shopping can never replace is the face to face, human interaction, aspect of the physical retail shopping experience - thank goodness!
The market now opens for five days a week every Tuesday through to Saturday.
Thursday is vintage day with many traders selling previously owned goods at bargain prices.
On this day some of the regular retail stallholders still operate.
During the run up to Christmas the stalls conveniently open every day of the week for all your festive shopping needs.
Whatever you want be it fruit and veg, clothes, shoes, fabric, shoe repairs, or something for your home you're certain to find something to buy, and at a bargain price, at Chelmsford Market.
After shopping why not have a break for a cup of tea, or something to eat, at one of the various splendid value food outlets within the market.
Why buy goods at shop prices when they are normally cheaper in, what we the Chelmsford traders think, is the best market in Essex.
Hope to see you soon!!