Birmingham’s historic Bull Ring Markets were blessed following a special rededication service to celebrate their 850th anniversary earlier today (4 November).
The Reverend Canon Stewart Jones led a short service – attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Carl Rice, along with markets staff and traders – at St Martin in the Bull Ring, in the city centre.
A Royal Charter, issued by King Henry II in 1166, gave Peter de Bermingham permission for a weekly market to be held on Thursdays.
After the service Canon Jones visited the Open, Rag and Indoor markets with the Lord Mayor where he met traders and shoppers before blessing the each of the Bull Ring Markets.
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Our markets have been at the heart of Birmingham, a focal centre for the community and traders, for centuries.
“Since the Royal Charter was granted in 1166 for a weekly market, Birmingham has grown from small town into a city of a thousand trades, so it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate its 850th anniversary.”