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A centuries old tradition that died in 1830 is to be revived in a north Oxfordshire village, when the parish of Deddington holds the first of an intended regular Saturday (the fourth of every month) market.
The first markets were held in Deddington in the 14th century and an annual charter fair – The Pudding Pie Fair, when livestock was bought and sold and servants were hired – was a regular event each October from 1392 right up until the 1930’s.
Charles Newey, chairman of a small steering group that was set up to oversee plans for the market said “We want the market to have a strong community feel, with local people selling home-made produce, including crafts. But, to ensure the market’s long-term viability, we also need to have a strong backbone of regular market traders.
“We want Deddington market to become known as the place where people can stock up on high quality meat, vegetables and cakes and so on. All stallholders will have been directly involved in the production of goods they are selling and everything on sale will be locally grown, reared or cooked”
If you would like more information on running a stall on the next market please call Charles on 01869 338282.