Spotlight on Market Weighton

Kiplingcotes ps1011-30s'Kiplingcotes'Peter Ncholson, Gaynor Nicholson
Kiplingcotes ps1011-30s'Kiplingcotes'Peter Ncholson, Gaynor Nicholson

THOSE looking to do a spot of shopping can make a day of it at the same time by taking in the delights of the town and some local history.

The giant Bradley heritage trail celebrates the town’s most famous son William Bradley, who lived during the 18th century and 19th century and remains Britain’s tallest man of the period, reaching an impressive 7ft 9 inches.

So for a change from your usual shop, why not follow the footprints of Market Weighton’s giant and take in some of the town’s most interesting features and buildings of historical importance. The trail is made up of 23 footsteps - modelled on the shape of William Bradley’s 15 inch-long feet – and makes its way around the town’s streets. Stops on the trail include the oldest surviving Wesleyan Chapel in the East Riding of Yorkshire, William Bradley’s house, the former police station and Magistrates’ Court, the old fire station and a building in the town that has been used as a blacksmith’s, tannery, brewery, steam cornmill and for mineral water production during its history.

The name Market Weighton derives from Weg-tun meaning ‘town on the way’. It was in 1251 that the area was granted a royal charter by Henry the third and became a market town.

The town now has a population of just over 6,000 with a wide range of services from traditional agricultural suppliers and stonemasons to a state-of-art car dealership.

Visitors can enjoy the rich heritage of the region and visit the oldest building in the town, All Saints’ Church, which dates back to Norman times.

There is also a Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary.

The weekly market which is held every Friday is a great place to pick up a bargain and there is also a local producers’ market which is held on the third Saturday of each month selling quality, fresh produce.

Next month the annual Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest flat horse race in England, takes place just outside Market Weighton.

The race covers a distance of four miles and is a popular event on the calendar.