The Natural History of Wiltshire eBook

John Aubrey
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Marketts. — Warminster is exceeding much frequented for a round corn-market on Saturday.  Hither come the best teemes of horses, and it is much resorted to by buyers.  Good horses for the coach:  some of 20li. + It is held to be the greatest corn-market by much in the West of England.  My bayliif has assured me that twelve or fourteen score loades of corne on market-dayes are brought thither:  the glovers that work in their shops at the towne’s end doe tell the carts as they come in; but this market of late yeares has decayed; the reason whereof I had from my honored friend Henry Millburne, Esq.  Recorder of Monmouth. [The reason assigned is, that Mr. Millburne “encouraged badgars” to take corn from Monmouthshire to Bristol; whereupon the bakers there, finding the Welsh corn was better, and could be more cheaply conveyed to them than that grown in Wiltshire, forsook Warminster Market. — J. B.]
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My bayliff, an ancient servant to our family, assures me that, about 1644, six quarters of wheat would stand, as they terme it, Hindon Market, which is now perhaps the second best market after Warminster in this county.
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I have heard old men say long since that the market at Castle Combe
was considerable in the time of the staple:  the market day is Munday. 
Now only some eggs and butter, &c.
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Marleborough Market is Saturday:  one of the greatest markets for cheese in the west of England.  Here doe reside factors for the cheesemongers of London.
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King Edgar granted a charter to Steeple Ashton. [Aubrey has transcribed the charter at length, from the original Latin. — J. B.] The towne was burnt about the yeare ....... before which time it was a market-town; but out of the ashes of this sprang up the market at Lavington, which flourisheth still. [Lavington market has long been discontinued in consequence of its vicinity to the Devizes, which has superior business attractions.-J.  B.]
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At Highworth was the greatest market, on Wednesday, for fatt cattle in our county, which was furnished by the rich vale; and the Oxford butchers furnished themselves here.  In the late civill warres it being made a garrison for the King, the graziers, to avoid the rudeness of the souldiers, quitted that market, and went to Swindon, four miles distant, where the market on Munday continues still, which before was a petty, inconsiderable one.  Also, the plague was at Highworth before the late warres, which was very prejudiciall to the market there; by reason whereof all the countrey sent their cattle to Swindown market, as they did before to Highworth.
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Devises. — On Thursday a very plentifull market of every thing:  but the best for fish in the county.  They bring fish from Poole hither, which is sent from hence to Oxford.
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