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Market Place (Saffron Walden)

The Market Place is one of the two major centres in the ancient town of Saffron Walden in Essex. The other centre is the High Street.

As is the case with the outstandingly pretty town of Lavenham, nearby in Suffolk, the Market Place is hidden way from the main roads, and visitors could be forgiven for completely missing it.

The Town Hall was rebuilt in 1879 as the personal gift of Alderman Gibson, a member of an important Walden family.

Barclay's Bank is an outstanding building, designed in 1874 by Eden Nesfield, with stairs leading from market level through an arch to the banking hall.

The Rose and Crown Inn dates from the late 16th century, and was repargeted by Eden Nesfield.

The Corn Exchange has a portico in the centre and also boasts a clock tower.

There are several rows leading off the Market Place, which are the result off market infill.

All in all, it is a very attractive market place in a very attractive town, and is full of bustle on market days.

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