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history : a walk through the archaeology of Castle Bytham : market cross

added 27/07/04

Walking back onto Castle Gate we pass the former Wheatsheaf public house, now aprivate residence. Above the right hand window is a carved stone panel depicting a wheatsheaf. The area to the front of the house was the former site of the medieval village market cross, where business transactions were made at the market would have been formally sealed.

Castle Bytham's market was first granted its licence in 1247 and would have been critical to the economic life of the settlement.

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Acknowledgment ...

The text shown on this page has been reproduced from a booklet written by Dan Ratcliffe, from the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire, to accompany a walk around the village of Castle Bytham which he led as part of the Midsummer Fair in June 2004.

We are grateful for their permission to reproduce the document on this website.