Part of the Ilkeston Cam "Days Out" Series

Melton Mowbray - Part 1 - Street Market
w/e 14 September 2008
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Broken cloud and an almost equal amount of blue sky allowed the warmth of the sun's rays to be felt on Wednesday. It would have been a perfect day to go to Melton Mowbray for the markets EXCEPT market day was Tuesday and on Tuesday, it rained. Most of the day it rained - but we went anyway!

Anne & Mary

These two old ladies standing near the town centre though were not at all bothered by the conditions as they had seen far worse (and better) in the past. The lady on the left is the house named after Anne of Cleves which was given by the infamous King Henry VIII to his divorced wife in the middle of the sixteenth century. Whether she actually ever stayed there is debatable but today it is home to one of Melton Mowbray's public houses. To the right is the Parish Church dedicated to St. Mary. It is renowned as being the the largest and stateliest in the county of Leicestershire.
Market Place

St. Mary's Church is cathedral sized and surely deserves a closer look at another time but we were there for the markets and the church tower overlooked this scene in the Market Place where some shoppers sought shelter around the stalls whilst others hurried about their business with the rain still teeming down.

King StreetAs we made our way through the Market Place, I noticed the arched iron work at the junction of King Street (left) and a large piece of artwork in a panel (above) at the side of W. H. Smith's shop. I'm not sure what the work depicts exactly but suspect it concerns the history and heritage of the town and wouldn't be at all surprised if there is not some reference in there somewhere to an event that occurred in the early hours of April 6th 1837. It is reported that a group of aristocrats celebrating a successful hunt found a number of tins of red paint which they used to decorate buildings on High Street giving rise to the phrase of "painting the town red" which has gone on to mean " to engage in a riotous spree" globally.
High Street

Traces of the red paint are apparently still visible in High Street but here, where it meets the Market Place (to the left) and Nottingham Street ( to the right) our attentions turned to the recently reinstated Corn Cross. The original was dismantled in 1814.


This is the plaque at the foot of the cross. The Royal Army Veterinary Corps Training Centre have had a presence in the town since the 1930s and although they now work in the purpose built Defence Animal Centre, the soldiers can often be seen honing their dog-handling skills in the streets of the town.
Pork Pie Shoppe

Something synonymous with the town of course is the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and following a European Union directive in April 2008 only pies made within a designated area around the town using uncured pork are now allowed to be labelled with the name Melton Mowbray on their packaging. One place where the pies can be purchased is Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Nottingham Street.
Award Winning Pies

Dickinson & Morris trade from the shop and their award winning hand raised pies looked too good to pass by without going inside to buy one.
"Apple Blossom Time"

Leaving the shop we noticed a musician in the process of erecting a music stand and he then proceeded to put up an umbrella and play his clarinet. Somehow his choice of tune in the September rain seemed somewhat out of place. Surely "Apple Blossom Time" is earlier in the year!
Nottingham Street

The street market in Melton Mowbray spreads from the Market Place into High Street and the stalls also line the whole length of Nottingham Street along both sides. The town was Leicestershire's only market town in the Domesday Book; is the third oldest in England and the Tuesday market was granted royal approval in 1324. Markets are held on other days of the week too but on Tuesdays there is also a livestock market, antiques fair and farmers' market so with a last look down Nottingham Street (above) we headed off to the Cattle Market.

Continued in Part 2

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