Ormskirk Market is one of the country’s oldest and most traditional street markets in Britain.
The market is open for business each Thursday and Saturday from 8.00am-4.30pm during March to October and 8.00am-4.00pm November to February.
The market dates back to 1286 when the monks at nearby Burscough Priory were granted a Royal Charter by Edward I to hold a weekly outdoor market.
With around 100 stalls, set in the pedestrianised area in the heart of the town around the famous Clock Tower, the market attracts hundreds of bargain hunters each market day.
Ormskirk’s Clock Tower was built in 1876.
It is a Grade II listed building and with its Victorian “gothic” style – nationally recognized as being of special architectural and historic value.
A plaque on the tower reads –
Erected by the Earl of Derby’s court Leet assisted by contributions in the town and neighbourhood 1876. Robert Wareing Steward of the Mayor.
The town was governed by the court-leet, which held its meetings in the old town hall in Church Street.
The market cross of Ormskirk stood on the site of the present clock tower.