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Watford has had a market since the 12th century, and it is an important part of the town that has changed and adapted over the years.

The origins are thought to be the 12th Century, after royal permission was granted to the Abbot of St Albans as Lord of the Manor to hold a market in the town. It was open on Tuesdays for livestock and Saturdays for more general goods.

22 September 1928 marked the last day of the market in the High Street. The market re-opened in Red Lion Square before being incorporated into Charter Place in 1974, where it remained until it moved to its current location in 2015. The current market is housed over two-storeys with an iconic canopy roof and stalls down the High Street. 


A covered ‘inside market’ made up of 45 container units for street food, shopping and services


An on street market stretching up the Parade near B&M with an ever changing mix of goods, produce and street food.


Many of our traders have been with us for years and have established a wonderful reputation for quality, service and value. Make sure to check them out!

Published: 30th May 2024

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