Chelmsford City Council

About the market

Chelmsford’s indoor market dates to the 11th century. It includes many family-run businesses, handed down through generations.

You can choose from a wide variety of products and enjoy our unique shopping experience. 

The market boasts many features that you can’t get anywhere else, including fresh food, such as a greengrocer, a butcher and a stall selling one of the widest varieties of cheese in the area.

If you are looking to buy for children, then our baby and children’s clothing stall is a must-see. We also cater for grown-ups with stalls selling items such as bags, hats, wool, and ladies clothing. 

We have lots for the home and garden, and you’re spoilt for choice by our three plant and garden ornament stalls, plus garden furniture. Our stallholders offer a variety of indoor and outdoor furniture, just right for a family gathering or a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Or if you’re looking to re-cover an old chair, the foam stall will cut foam to size for you.

Thursday is second-hand market day and the traders here will be delighted to show you their collectable items for sale. This ranges from war memorabilia, vinyl records, vintage jewellery, and ornaments, to books and DVDs. If you’re looking to match up an old broken piece of china, then you might be in luck. The second-hand market traders also sell prams, pushchairs and once loved but outgrown children’s toys. 

The indoor market allows you to support small, local, family-run businesses and help ensure that Chelmsford’s traditional market thrives well into the 21st century.   

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    Last updated: 02 March 2021

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