Market Weighton

Market Weighton is a small market town in the Yorkshire Wolds, midway between Hull and York.

The town has an attractive green, a duckpond and Georgian and Victorian streets. The weekly market is held every Friday.

Market Weighton is renowned as having been the home of William Bradley, known as "Giant Bradley" or the "Yorkshire Giant". He was born in 1787 and is still recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the tallest person ever to live in Great Britain. The fourth son from a family of thirteen, Giant Bradley was born weighing fourteen pounds and by his 19th birthday he weighed 27 stones. He grew to a record height of seven feet nine inches. Bradley amassed a small fortune by travelling the country as a fairground freak. When he died in 1820 at the age of 33, his grave was buried inside the church for fear of grave robbers.

Bradley's extra large chair is still in his local pub, the Londesborough Arms, and a plaque of his footprint is displayed in the town at the top of Linegate. There is also the Giant Bradley Heritage Trail, marked by 23 life size giant footprints. A free colour leaflet is available from local outlets.

The celebrated Kiplingcotes Derby takes place just outside Market Weighton on the third Thursday in March every year. The oldest flat race in England, it follows a four mile course over farm lanes and tracks, from Etton to Londesborough Wold Farm, and is a popular spectacle.

Market Weighton is on the route of the Yorkshire Wolds Way which for nearly 80 miles wends its way through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England.

OS grid reference SE 879 417

Useful and informative links

Market Weighton- The Heart of East Yorkshire
Market Weighton photographs from East Riding Media Library
Market Weighton photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Market Weighton




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