Monday, January 4, 2016

Markets and Fairs

Norwich Market
In 1649, it was decided to hold markets every week in Jamestown, which was one form of an English fair.   English fairs were the oldest of the trade institutions of the other country and were encouraged during an age when the population was sparse.   People could come together from a distance and exchange their products.  These Jamestown markets were restricted to Wednesdays and Saturdays and the boundaries of a site were carefully laid off.  The market place extended from the eastern side of the James River for two miles.  Source:  Hening's Statutes, vol. I, p. 362.

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