12 Facts About Market town


Market town is a settlement most common in Europe that obtained by custom or royal charter, in the Middle Ages, a market right, which allowed it to host a regular market; this distinguished it from a village or city.

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Primary purpose of a market town is the provision of goods and services to the surrounding locality.

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From an early stage, kings and administrators understood that a successful market town attracted people, generated revenue and would pay for the town's defences.

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Market town trade supplied for the needs of local consumers whether they were visitors or local residents.

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Market town rights were designated as long ago as during the Carolingian Empire.

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Local ordinance status of a market town is perpetuated through the law of Austria, the German state of Bavaria, and the Italian province of South Tyrol.

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In Hungarian, the word for market town "mezovaros" means literally "pasture town" and implies that it was unfortified town: they were architecturally distinguishable from other towns by the lack of town walls.

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In Norway, the medieval market town was a town which had been granted commerce privileges by the king or other authorities.

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The citizens in the Market town had a monopoly over the purchase and sale of wares, and operation of other businesses, both in the Market town and in the surrounding district.

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The first market town was created in 11th century Norway, to encourage businesses to concentrate around specific towns.

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Market town houses were a common feature across the island of Ireland.

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Flemish Market town and Washing Place by Joos de Momper, first half 17th century.

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