The Market House / The Square



A brief history

At the heart of Chagford is the square, with its listed octagonal Market House, which was built in 1862 on the site a sixteenth-century market building known locally as ‘The Shambles ‘. For centuries the square has been a site not just for regular markets of livestock and produce, but also for much of the civic life of the town from festivals and hunting to elections and demonstrations. Today it remains a thriving space, packed with shops and cafes including the inimitable Bowdens general store, though prize cattle have largely given way to the motor car.


  • picture slideshow
  • a fuller history
  • pubs and cafes on the square
  • shops through the ages
  • gallery of images (thumbnails)