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What: Stroud's market place
Where: Between St Laurence's church and the High Street
Then: The name "Shambles" means a slaughterhouse, and this is where the butchers sold their meat on tables that dropped down from the wall. John Wesley preached here in 1742 on one of these tables
Now: Still the home to a town market held twice a week

This is Stroud's market place. The name 'Shambles' means a slaughter-house, and this is where the butchers sold their meat on tables let down from the walls - two of which survive at the south end. In 1742, John Wesley preached here, standing on a butcher's chopping block.

The site was originally occupied by John of Pridie and was known as Pridie's Hay or Pridie's Hay Acre. He gave it to the inhabitants of Stroud, and it is now administered by the town feoffees.

From January 2016, this website is managed by Stroud Local History Society