Boston Market will run as normal until Saturday 21 December, a reduced market will be held on Tuesday 24 December in the Market Place. There is no market Wed 25, Sat 28 December or Wed 1 January. We will return as normal Saturday 4 January 2020 – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Boston Market operates in the Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday, with additional stalls on Bargate Green every Wednesday including the Auction.
Boston market is a recognised tourist attraction in its’ own right; with a large number of stalls offering a diverse and attractive range of goods, services and fresh local produce. There is something here for everyone – including fruit and veg, plants, cheeses, toys, gadgets, fabrics, sweets, cakes, cards, household goods – there’s so much to see.
In addition to the market in the Market Place itself, the Bargate Green Market is held every Wednesday on Bargate Green. This market also offers a range of goods and local produce and includes a popular auction starting at 09.30am each week that sells everything from plants to cars. Perhaps one of the town’s famous artists’ works, such as a WB Thomas or a Hackford watercolour may be found?? You never know what will be on offer to bid on, as the goods vary week to week…
Things to do and see in Boston
Please visit www.visitbostonuk.com if you are looking for other things to do and place to see in Boston
To apply for a stall on Boston Market please see the Markets Policy document at the bottom of the page and then click here to complete the application form.
A stall can be made available on the market every Saturday, for use by charities and local organisations. This can be used to sell products to raise money for the charity; or to raise awareness. Charities and organisations are permitted one free charity stall per year; additional bookings (up to four in total per year) will be charged at the standard market stall rent. To apply for a charity stall please click here to complete the application form.
History of Boston Market
Trading fairs or “marts” have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century – the earliest historic record of a fair or “mart” is in 1132. It ran from St. Botolph’s Day (12th June) to 24th June. In 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston’s Fair. The earliest maps of Boston date from that time and the “Market Place” is indicated on them in its current location. Once a year the London courts would close so that everyone would have the opportunity to visit Boston during the May Fair, at that time goods which were rare, such as spices and wines, could be bought fresh from the port. The town flourished and Boston Port was recognised as second only to London.
In 1545 Boston obtained its Charter of Incorporation from Henry VIII, via his son Edward VI. On 1st June, John Robinson took office as the first Mayor of Boston. The 12 aldermen were sworn in and the Recorder and Town Clerk appointed. Amongst his other roles the Mayor was declared “Clerk of the Market”.
The original document, beautifully illustrated and with its impressive royal seal, is kept in the Guildhall in South Street. The charter contains the following reference. “We have granted also… unto the said Mayor and Burgesses, and their successors, that they and their successors, for ever, shall have a free Market twice a week, that is to say, upon the Wednesday and Saturday…”