Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Sunday Morning Collectors Fair in the Cheese Market.

The "Rules" of the Cheese Market.
In the old Cheese Market every Sunday morning  you will find a Collectors fair, where you can buy "objet d'art" not so old, old, really old and fairly ancient!  The photo left shows the rules of the Market, dated 1862, by the Mayor of Devizes and Town Council, the purpose of which was to ensure fair trading amongst the sellers.   I hope you can enlarge the photo to enable yourselves to read the script. The photo below shows traders packing up their wares at lunchtime.  The man in the foreground sells secondhand books and further along is a secondhand CD and video seller.  This hall is used throughout the week for various markets and  particularly on Thursdays, which is market day inthe town.   The roof has recently been renewed, the windows replaced, and the clock tower above the front entrance now boasts a timepiece which, at long last, tells the people of Devizes the correct time.  This building was used in the filming of "Far from the Madding Crowd" with Julie Christie and Alan Bates.  Many local people became extras during the filming.

Just a short write up today, I've developed sinusitis, so I retreated to my bed this afternoon to recuperate with tea and two paracetomol.  Tonight is the first rehearsal of Haydn's "Nelson Mass."  I must haul myself to St Joseph's School just up the road and croak my way through the music from 7pm until 9pm.

A view of the Cheese Market looking towards the Market Place.

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