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Durham Travel Guide

The Market Place

The Market Place is the focal point of the old town, on which stand St Nicholas’ Church, the Guild Hall, Town Hall and Market Hall. Despite their medieval origins, most building of Market Square is largely of Victorian period.

The most stunning features of the market place are the Town Hall and Guildhall, the city church of St Nicholas and the statues of Neptune and the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. The spire of ST NICHOLAS CHURCH dominates the eastern side of the Market Place. It was built in 1858 by J.B.Pritchett a Darlington architect. The Victorian church of St Nicholas replaced an earlier church of St Nicholas which dated from the early part of the twelfth century. Unlike the present church this building had a tower rather than a spire. In the early part of the nineteenth century its south front was covered by a market piazza.

Heading off the Market Place towards the river, you’ll come across the Elvet Bridge, a beautiful 12th century bridge that was once the main thoroughfare into the town. Its width was doubled in the 19th century and it has been extensively renovated, but one of the 13th century chapels built at either end of it still remains.

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