WITH business bosses calling on shoppers and traders to back the Manningtree market, the Standard takes a look back at its 800 years in the town.

Manningtree was granted a market charter in about 1238 by Henry III,and records show a market was held in the town, although not in its current position, until the early part of the of the 20th century.

The market was originally held on a Monday. Peter Gant,of the Manningtree History Society, said: “The original market was probably in Corn Hill,outside Townsend.

“The charter was granted tot he lord of the manor who set the market up – they had to be licensed and were overseen at the time by the Sheriff of Essex."