Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Market Place (Ashbourne)

The Market Place in the attractive Derbyshire market town of Ashbourne is triangular and cobbled.

It is set on a slope, and at the top is the main road to Buxton.

Beside the road is a plaque marking the spot where Charles Edward Stuart, or "Bonnie Prince Charlie", proclaimed his father King James III and VIII in 1745, before returning to Scotland and defeat at Culloden.

The Market Place was formerly the scene of bull baiting, menageries, itinerant preachers and travelling shows of every kind.

The lower part of the Market Place has developed, through market infill, into Victoria Square. It was formerly The Shambles.

The Tourist Information Centre is in the Market Place

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