January 20, 2012 North West Evening Mail by Emma Preston
DESPITE the town having an ancient market charter heritage, there has long been a struggle to find a place for stallholders in Millom’s modern-day economy.
But councillors, campaigners and traders hope 2012 could be the year the market returns to Millom. EMMA PRESTON reports, in the third of a four-part series looking at South and West Cumbria’s market culture.
Millom is the type of place where you can imagine a market working perfectly. The town is home to a tight-knit community where traders could build up a loyal and regular clientele. It has maintained enough of its original buildings and appearance to provide a charming setting for a host of stalls.
Millom also has all the necessary paperwork needed to host a market. Its charter dates back as far as the 13th century, and was granted by Henry III on July 22, 1251. Now, more than 750 years later, the Millom community is at work to try and revive the town’s market heritage.
Pat Graham, Copeland Borough Council’s corporate director for people and places, said: “We are looking at what we can best do to bring a viable market back to Millom.
“Our current thinking is that we would like to use the Lancashire Road car park and have a once-a-month market there.
“It’s possible it could be a farmers’/craft type event rather than a regular market – we think this might actually draw more visitors into the town than a straightforward traditional market.
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