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4. St George’s Square

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Interactive Bishop’s Waltham Trail

A painting of St George's SquareThe millennium clock stands where the former Market House building stood.  The earliest reference to a market in Bishop’s Waltham is in Edward I’s reign, but no market was ever held in the Market House.  In the early 18 Century, it was used as a lock-up for petty crimes.  It was reported that that prisoners were kept in a cage underneath the building and were given drink by dipping the bowl of a long pipe in beer and passing the stem through the cage and used as a straw.  Later, the upper story was a school. The Market House was demolished in 1841.

The millennium clock surmounted by a Bishop’s mitre signifies the town’s links with the past and the Bishops of Winchester.

Now walk up the High Street to Josie’s Coffee Shop.