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Market Place (Durham)

The Market Place in the historic cathedral city of Durham is the focal point of the city's social and business life.

It is situated in the city centre, at the neck of the peninsula formed by the River Wear.

The market charter was granted in 1180, during the reign of Henry II.

There are two statues in the Market Place. One is the equestrian statue of the third Marquis of Londonderry. The other is a statue of Neptune, presented to the city by George Bowes M. P. in 1792 to mark the scheme to link Durham to the sea by improving access along the Wear.

St. Nicholas' Church is beside the square, as is the Town Hall, behind which is the splendid indoor Market Hall.

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