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DEVON MARKET TOWNS
Recently on the Bucks mailing list Eve McLaughlin came up with one
of her pearls of wisdom, on the subject of Hiring Fairs, and how to
trace our Ag. Lab. ancestors, who moved from parish to parish as
their contracts expired in a parish and they had to seek a new
master at a Hiring fair: "Hiring fairs were held in market towns
(at least 6 miles apart), usually once a year. Draw a six mile
circle round a market town - this is where the men would normally
be drawn from."
Below is a list of towns in Devon described as market towns in
Prof. Hoskins' wonderful book, "Devon". (Brackets indicate that the
market died out long ago.)
Last updated 17 Jul 2010 - Brian Randell.
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