Carriages line up at Tuxford pub in 1880s

Market Place Tuxford 1880

Market Place Tuxford 1880

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This week’s Archive Corner picture shows the Market Place in Tuxford.

It was taken about 1880 and shows The Sun Inn on the left with carriages lined up outside it.

There are plenty of people about on foot as well.

Tuxford was mentioned in the Domesday Book and has been known as Tuxfarne, Tusford, Tuxford-in-the-Clay and other variations.

A market was in existence in early times and the village has probably extended from the Market Place at the crossroads.

A fair was held in the Middle Ages which brought the settlement new status.

It became a trading centre for the surrounding agricultural communities.

The village grew in importance and became well known to many travellers because of its position on the Great North Road.

It was a staging post for the coaches and consequently there were many inns and stables.

Margaret Tudor, Charles I and Mr Gladstone are said to have stayed overnight.

In 1702 a terrible fire destroyed most of the village whose houses were mainly constructed of timber and thatch.

Most of the present buildings were therefore built after that date.

In the 19th and first half of the 20th century, Tuxford was an important railway junction with large marshalling yards south of the town.

During the 1930s and up to the 1960s, the motor traffic increased enormously and it became a constant stream through the town.

A by-pass now diverts it.

Tuxford still remains an important centre for the surrounding communities.

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