The market in Waltham Abbey has been around for many years gaining Charter status during the reign of Richard I to hold Markets and Fairs. Today's market is held on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. The town, along with its’ market has a very colourful history which centres around the Abbey itself. The Church, as it was then, was consecrated on 3rd May 1060, which is known as Holy Cross Day. At this point, King Harold went to the Church to pray before going off to the Battle of Hastings where he was to die in battle with William The Conqueror. It was alleged that his body was then brought back to be buried in or around the Church. It wasn’t until the early 1100’s that the Church was extended and added to, until around 1177 it was granted Abbey status. Since these times the town has expanded and flourished until the present day.
The market is situated in an area that is full of history. If you are not local, why not make a day of it and come to the market followed by any of the many attractions offered. In and around the market there are many and varied eating places from cafes, pubs, tea rooms, Pie and Mash (as used and frequented by David Beckham and his family) and coffee houses. There is something for everyone!
The Market Inspector is Mr. Bryn Elliott who can be contacted on 07778 296650 during office hours on market days (Tues or Sat). Alternatively you can email him here. If you are a trader and wish to try Waltham Abbey Market, give Bryn a call for advice and availability. If you want a traders perspective on Waltham Abbey Market you can email here with your enquiries.
Telephone: 01992 714949 Fax: 01992 763774
The Town Clerk can be contacted at: kathryn.richmond@walthamabbey-
The market today supports a good variety of wares which compliment the towns’ existing shops. Being a small town square market there is a “single product line” rule that applies ensuring trader protection and longevity.
Phone 07778 296650 for more details.