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Craftsmans Market (Cirencester)

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Established in 1975 to provide an opportunity for people to buy or commission high quality handmade goods direct from the craftsmen, and is now one of the most well established craft markets in the country.
Tel: 01452 424605.

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      20.09.2001 18:34
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      Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month in the Cornhall in Cirencester (opposite the Church in the town) there is a craftesman market. It started in 1975 to provide an opportunity for people to buy or commission high quality handmade goods direct from the craftsmen. This place is brilliant for both the buyer and seller. It is held in a large hall so even in the winter you can keep dry. It is well set out with tables down both sides and in a circle in the middle. Cirencester has a lousy reputation for being wheelchair friendly, or rather not, but in this case it is accessible for all. If you are looking for different gifts for special occassions or for Christmas this is the place to go. To list a few of the things you can buy there and it is all new, well made things like Handmade Rose Jewellery, Pottery, wooden items, flower craft, silver, gold, procelain, oak furniture, painter and photographer, silk, stained glass and mirrors. That is just a few. If you are looking for a local painting there are so many here and some of the paintings really make you believe you are actually there in the scene. Have you ever heard of a backward clock? This is a clock where the hands go anti clockwise, the numbers are backward etc. To see this for the first time is amazing. You can soon get to tell the time by just a glance. There are also some other clocks with mice etc on them. Remember seeing glass animals when younger? You can go here and see it being done and of course buy the one you watched being made. Then you have the basket maker. Name a type of basket and it is there. There must be about 50 different arts there. Most will be sitting behind their table and as well as showing the goods they have made and for you to buy they will demonstrate how it was done. One of my favourites is watching a person and how he paints coins. If you can remember t he old farthing and the thistle on a 3d piece you can imagine how he can bring it to life. He will then make it into a ring or a necklace for you. It really is worth a visit and if you want an unusual gift for that person who has got everything you will find it here. I get my Mum in laws gifts here and she loves them!!

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