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Beaminster's Town Square


Photo taken by Mr. Gary A. Parsons, 1995. Compiled from articles by Mrs. Marie Eedle and The Beaminster Society, 1987


The town square is the main hub of any respectable town, all roads into town will lead you there. A royal charter was granted in 1284 for an all day weekly market on Thursday and a three-day annual fair in September. By the end of medieval times, the little agricultural settlement had certainly grown into a full-fledged town, with a stepped cross in the center of its market-place.

Approximatly in the center of Town Square is the Robinson Memorial, locally known as "Julia" because it was erected by Vincent Robinson of Parnham in memory of his sister in 1906. It was constructed in the style of a covered market cross. The building is of Ham stone, but the pinnacles are of Portland stone were brought from the demolished Christ's Hospital in London.


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