Saturday, 4 July 2009
Saturday morning Flea Market!
We both like going to Leek on a Saturday morning, when there is a Flea Market in the Market Square. Leek is a very old town, in Staffordshire, and has had a market since before 1214, when it was granted a Royal Charter. The present Council is called "Staffordshire Moorlands", and at the entrance to the Council Offices and Car Park is the Staffordshire Moorlands Lion. Now I have never seen a lion on the moors, but there he is, looking far from fierce, but rather friendly, I think!
One of the big markets here is the Butter Market. The other is the cattle market. The above is not the Town Hall, but the very grand entrance to the Butter Market.
The Flea Market has a very eclectic collection of goods on sale. I really think those mincing machines have had their day!
There are some lovely roofs and top stories of houses. Someone cared enough to get up there and paint everything that rather bright green!
The Market Square has houses of different periods, though all have been converted to commercial use now. The roofs are the same though!
But just look at those chimneys! Really fancy brickwork - I would think they are Tudor.
We didn't actually buy anything at the Flea Market today, though I was sorely tempted by a rather small bucket, missing its handle, painted cream and pale green, labelled "legumes". I did wonder where it had come from, and what stories it could tell. Similarly some rather smart, and very large, galvanised watering cans. They must have weighed a ton when full. But then the "big houses" would have had a whole array of gardeners to lift and carry them. Who most likely never ate any of the vegetables they grew for their employers.
We did end up buying some strawberries, cherries, and a big bag of mushrooms for 50p!