Boston Market operates in the Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. In addition, the Bargate Green Car Park hosts a Market every Wednesday.
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 such as fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, plants and flowers, toys, gadgets, fabrics, sweets, cakes, cards, household goods and clothing. There’s also an opportunity to have a drink and a tasty snack from one of the outdoor catering vendors.
Boston Market – open for business and offering visitors a great outdoor shopping experience.
Things to do and see in Boston
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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…”