Markets and fairs: from medieval to modern

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Using extracts from historical documents, we will explore the development, operation and regulation of English markets and fairs, from early written records into the modern period. We will look at buyers and sellers, goods traded and entertainments provided, as well as the activities of itinerant traders such as pedlars.

Course Programme

Friday 2 March 2012

Please plan to arrive between 4:30 and 6:30. You can meet other course members in the bar which opens at 6:15. Tea and Coffee making facilities are available in the study bedrooms.

19:15 Dinner
20:30 Introduction; Formal Markets
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Saturday 3 March 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Fairs
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Shops and Informal trade
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Rules and regulations
16:00 Tea
16:30 Free
19:15 Dinner
20:30 Guest talk by Dr Catherine Casson: Red Herrings and Fishy Business: Forgery in the Medieval Marketplace’
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Sunday 4 March 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Consumers (large and small)
10.30 Coffee
11:00 Competition and change; Conclusion
13:00 Lunch

The course will disperse after lunch


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Course details

Start date

2 March 2012 (19:15)

End date

4 March 2012 (14:00)

Course code



1 weekend


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Accommodation fees

Single room: £110
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £90