A market brings its own unquantifiable atmosphere to a town and Settle has hosted traders since it was granted a charter in the 13th century.
The traders, their goods and the town itself would have been unfamiliar to today’s visitors, of course, but fast forwards a few centuries and the market square had taken on an appearance that remains distinctly familiar today.
Motor transport has clearly moved on since this, apparently early post-war, photograph was taken but the fabric topped stalls remain, even if washing lines are no longer strung across building fronts.
With centuries of tradition behind it and a thriving Tuesday trade, the market will doubtless remain recognisable to many future generations of shoppers.
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