Kings Norton Farmer’s Market are planning an extra special May market to celebrate 400 years since a historic charter was issued allowing markets to be held on The Green.
The charter was issued by King James I on 15th May, 1616, when Kings Norton covered a huge area stretching from Moseley to Worcestershire.
It decreed: “Know ye, that we, graciously cherishing the common good and benefit of the inhabitants of Kings Norton…do give and grant… that they hold and keep, to the sole and proper benefit and use of the inhabitants of the same town of Kings Norton…a market to be held and kept on Saturdays… Attested by the King at Westminster on the 15th May 1616”
Although the market disappeared for a couple of hundred years, it was re-established as a Farmers’ Market in June 2005 by a group of local foodies and enthusiasts, with a passion for local produce.
The market was the first Farmers’ Market in Britain to be established as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, with any surplus being invested directly back into the local community.
The market is a great place to find seasonal produce, locally produced specialities, to meet the producers, to try something new and all the stallholders come from within 40 miles of Birmingham.
To celebrate this historic day, there will be lots of extra activities centred around May’s market.
- Period costumed theatre group performing music and dance of the age
- Local schoolchildren in period tabards taking part in dancing, including a maypole dance
- A town crier
- The High Sheriff of the West Midlands will be reading the charter
- Have your photo taken in the stocks (wet sponges provided!)
- Children attending in fancy dress will receive a gift
- When: 9am – 2pm Saturday 14th May 2016
- Where: The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU
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