This booklet, as its name suggests, considers the ‘Market Hall’ in Bishop’s Castle. Inverted commas are required because the purpose of the building, the significance of which was only appreciated after an extensive fire in 2000, is still unclear. From the subsequent research carried out it seems most likely that this was indeed the purpose of the building, located between School Lane and the High Street, but with some additional storage space.
The text starts with a consideration of the architecture of the building, using a number of reconstruction drawings to help illustrate how the building might have looked. The results of the archaeological excavation carried out in 2007 are then given, along with the results of dendrochronological sampling of the remaining timbers to ascertain their felling date.
The history of the manor and market is then detailed, comparisons made with other market halls along the borders, its function debated and some conclusions drawn.
Madge Moran is well known for her investigations into the vernacular buildings of Shropshire, and Henry Hand for his general archaeological research and drawings of buildings in particular.
Paperback | 32 pages | 261 x 204 mm | 2009
Published by the South-West Shropshire Historian and Archaeological Society in association with Logaston Press