Sunday, 1 April 2007

Sight seeing

0 locks, and 5 miles now moored at Market Harborough.
Total of 185 locks and 1771/2 miles and 3 Tunnels since 5th Nov 2006

Thursday 29th we spent the day in town sight seeing and doing some retail therapy for bits and pieces that we have found hard to acquire elsewhere. We also tried out our GPS Satellite Navigation System to find supermarkets and anything else of interest and it worked a treat. As we still haven’t got internet services this is the next best thing to Google.
Market Harborough was established as a rural market town in1203 and still has a covered market place to this day. The town centre is still old fashioned in appearance without modern architecture spoiling it. The new buildings tend to be tucked in behind the old ones which leaves it much as it was in Georgian days. The original cattle market is now the sight of the Sainsbury supermarket.
There is one building in the centre of town which was a 17th century grammar school. It is very unusual in the fact that it is built on ornate wooden pillars and the building itself is a half timber construction. In the early days the market was held under the building to protect traders from the elements.

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