Tyne and Wear HER(6497): Newcastle, Bigg Market (Beremarket) - Details
Newcastle, Bigg Market (Beremarket)
All medieval towns had specialised market areas. This street was named after an ancient market which sold bigg (barley), oats and other cereals. There are references to temporary market booths from the mid 13th century. It was called Beremarket at first and from 1525 Bigg Market.
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