Kirkby Stephen Market
The Market is held in the Market Square with additional pitches available in Market Street. Trading hours are from 0700 – 1800 every Monday, including Bank Holiday Mondays. The Market is managed by Kirkby Stephen Town Council. Pitch fees are currently £6.50 per day, and stallholders are required to have public liability insurance. New stallholders are always welcome.
If you have any queries about the Market, please contact:
Wendy Hamilton, Market Manager
Kirkby Stephen Local Links
Tel 017683 71775
Email [email protected]
Kirkby Stephen was first granted a market charter in 1353:
‘The grant of a market charter to Kirkby Stephen in 1353 was a significant step in the development of the small agricultural hamlet into a market centre of traders and craftsmen as well as farmers. This grant was made during a period of severe economic upheaval when death, devastation and disease disrupted life in the area. Yet despite all these hazards, and despite a rival market less than five miles away, Kirkby’s market survived, unlike some others in North Western England.’ (from ‘Fourteenth Century Kirkby Stephen – A New Market Centre for the Upper Eden Valley’ by Margaret Gowling).
Read more about the history of Kirkby Stephen’s market, including the reaffirmation of the market charter in 1605, when market day was changed from Friday to Monday, and the town’s twenty first century celebrations of its market charters, at https://www.kirkby-stephen.com/charter-fair/.