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A view of Northampton Markets

About Northampton Markets


Northampton Market offers lots of variety at very reasonable prices:

  • Fresh Produce - Fruit and Vegetables - including some you may not have seen before!
  • Cut Flowers, House and Garden Plants
  • Fresh Fish, Meat, Eggs, Bread, Coffee, Cheese, Jams and Pickles
  • Ladies, Mens & Childrens Fashion Clothes, Underwear, Socks and Shoes
  • Vintage, Ethnic, Gothic/Punk Clothes
  • Bags, Purses, Wallets and Belts
  • Makeup, Perfumes, Aftershaves and Specialized Skin and Hair Care
  • Key Cutting and Watch Repairs
  • Jewellery, Tiaras and Watches
  • Music, Films and Books
  • Computer Accessories and Games
  • Pet Food and Equipment
  • Toys and Childrens Carousel
  • China, Pottery and Ornaments
  • Greetings Cards, Celebration Banners and Bags
  • Towels & Bedding
  • Mobile Phones and Accessories
  • Haberdashery, Knitting Wool and Wedding Accessories
  • Crystals, Angels, Incense, Aromatherapy Oils and Artists Materials
  • Material - Curtains, Dressmaking and Household
  • Net Curtains and Blinds
  • Mobility Equipment

Feeling hungry? We also have a great variety of hot and cold food and drinks to suit every taste - with seating - so why not sit a while and enjoy!

With over 100 traders throughout the week, it's a very pleasant shopping experience in a traditional setting!

Look out for our special visiting Markets and Events on our EVENTS and EXHIBITION AREA - available to hire (special rates for community events).

We look forward to welcoming you to Northampton Market!

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Northampton's Market Square is one of the oldest and largest in England. It dates from 1235 when Henry III forbade the selling of goods in the churchyard of All Saints and ordered that the Market be moved to a space north of the churchyard, its present site.

Markets are held Monday to Saturday. Monday is fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants only. Tuesday to Saturday are the general market days.

The Market Square is surrounded by many interesting buildings, notably, Welsh House, Beethoven House, and Victoria House. The older buildings date mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Before the advent of regular markets, fairs were held in the church and churchyard of All Saints. In 1189 Northampton received its first Market Charter allowing markets and fairs to be held on the ground east of All Saints. This charter allowed tolls to be charged and prohibited the operation of rival local markets.

In 2006 Northampton Market changed shape. This was to open up an Events Area for alternative markets, exhibitions, promotions, demonstrations, and entertainment.

With our new layout, Northampton Market has kept a traditional feel to the experience of buying and selling. And since the closure of the indoor Fish Market, which is in the process of being transformed into the Bus Interchange, we have accommodated some Fish Mongers and Butchers on to the Market Square along with our regular traditional wares and additional specialized goods.

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New Traders

NEW TRADERS with Specialized Lines Welcome - call us on 01604 83444

We are always looking to offer the greatest variety to our Customers - we are looking to welcome NEW TRADERS with the following lines:

  • Army Surplus
  • Tools - new and secondhand
  • Hardware
  • Herbs, Spices, Nuts and Healthy Eating
  • Household Cleaning Goods 
  • Crockery and Kitchen Ware
  • Sportswear
  • Ethnic Clothing
  • Baby Clothes
  • Sweets / Biscuits / Chocolate
  • Curtains
  • Toy
  • Lighting and Lamps
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies

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Becoming a Market Trader

Becoming a Market Trader is a great way to start up your own business with very little cost or overheads. Here at Northampton Market, we encourage new ideas and unusual lines and we will try to fit you in the best place for your stall, to compliment you and all the Traders surrounding you.

What to do next:

Once you have decided what you want to sell, it's time to think about which days you would like to trade. We are open Tuesday through to Saturday. Monday is fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants only.

You will need to get Public Liability Insurance covering up to £5 million and provide proof of cover. (We recommend the National Market Traders Federation ( ).

Our stalls are 9'0" by 9'6" and boards and trestles are available for you to use. You will want to think about the best way to set out your stall to catch your customers' eye and to maximize the most of the area you have.

Casual Traders MUST contact the Market Office before arriving as a Casual We open 8am to 4.30pm on Tuesday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday

Your First Day:

On your first day you will need to be at the Market Office for 8.00am

You need to bring with you, completed in full:

  • Casual Traders Application Form
  • Supporting Identification and Information
  • Proof of Current Public Liability Insurance

You also need to pay in cash for the stall(s) when they are allocated to you. When you arrive, the Market Officer will check through all your details and if everything is in order will allocate you a stall. Please note that our stalls are allocated on a seniority basis.

Casual Trader Charges:

  • Tuesday £12.00 to £18.00
  • Wednesday £12.00 to £18.00
  • Thursday £10.00 to £12.00
  • Friday £18.00 to £24.00
  • Saturday £30.00 to £36.00

There is no extra charge for electricity.

We also have a Charity Stall available to hire each Saturday - £6 for the day - to sell goods for your Registered Charity

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Street Trading

Northampton Borough Council has adopted the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 so that it can effectively control street trading. This means that it is an offence to trade without a consent granted by the Council. All locations within the Borough of Northampton, other than an adopted Consent Site, are known as prohibited streets.

Northampton Borough Council has adopted a number of Consent Trading Pitches in the town at various locations where there is a demand for such a site. At present these are all occupied and most have long-term traders in situ. These pitches are not transferable; the Council has a list of applicants waiting for a site to become vacant.   If an area is privately owned at present and has not been adopted by the Council it will become a prohibited area once it has been adopted. This means that any provisional consent given by the owner to trade will be revoked once the adoption has taken place. If a person is trading from such a site they will be given the opportunity to make an application to have that position adopted by the Council as a Consent Site.

Traders need to be aware of the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 and any other legislation that may apply to them as a trader.   Northampton Borough Council are only responsible for those roads etc within the borough boundary if any person wished to trade at a location outside the boundary you would need to contact the relevant authority.

A fee is charged for any 'pitch' adopted by the Council, this amounts to £100.00p per year for each day of trading. Eg. If you trade five days a week you will pay £500.00p per year.

Application forms to be placed on the Council waiting list are available online by clicking on the link below or by contacting the Licensing Department at the following address:-

Licensing Team The Guildhall
St Giles Square Northampton

Tel: 01604 837099

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  • TCC Market Traders Report - The Town Centre Commission has been set up to shape the vision that will guide the future development of the town centre.

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