Wednesday Market

A market is held every Wednesday selling a wide range of goods. The market is Watton’s strongest link with the past.

A scene from the market

A scene from the market

The charter for the Market appears to have been granted in 1204 although there is no contemporary evidence for this. However, early historians, notably Blomefield, quote the Charter being granted to Oliver DeVaux:

Blomefield says in his ‘Essay Towards A Topographical History Of The County Of Norfolk’ (London, C1740) Volume II pp312 to 319. Extracted: “Watton Hall, or the head manor, came from the Fitz-Walters very early to the D’engaines, and went with Ada Dengaine to Robert de Vallibus, orVaux, her husband, who had livery of it in 1139, as of his wife’s inheritance, but did not descend to his son with the rest of his estate, being granted (as we must suppose) by him to Robert de Vaux, his uncle, upon his seating himself in Norfolk; at his death, William, his eldest son, succeeded, and left it to John de Vaux, his third son, who obtained a charter for a weekly market to be held in this manor every Friday; but in 1204, there was a writ brought to enquire whether it was not prejudicial to the market of Saham, and it being found so, the charter was recalled; but before the expiration of this year, Oliver de Vaux having the manor conveyed to him by his brother, by his great interest with the King, obtained a new charter, in which the market was granted to be held every Wednesday, as it is at this day;

If you are a trader and would like to have a stall on the market please contact the Town Clerk.