The Sovereign issued a permit for a town or village to have a weekly market.
These were usually held on Sunday until the 13th century when they moved to a weekday.
As distinct from a fair which usually sold just one type of product, a market sold a range of goods and services.
A stallage fee was paid for the privilege of setting up a stall at a market or a fair.
The practice of having a market day – or days – is gradually declining in importance, but open air markets are still found in some places:
|Halifax||Mediæval markets were held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays|
See Early Closing Day and Halifax Borough Market
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