Rochdale traders and shoppers despair at loss of historic market

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Residents of the town, a trading centre since 1251, are bracing for the closure of the market next month

Almost 800 years after Rochdale received the royal charter that made its historic market possible, traders and shoppers have expressed their dismay at the news it will soon be shut down for good.

The Greater Manchester town, a trading centre since 1251, thrived for centuries as a hub for wool, cloth and cattle. But last week the local authority said the market – which is in its third location in five years – was no longer financially viable and would be closed next month.

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