Council lacks Market Skills
A branch of the Women's Institute has been told it cannot organise a market in a town square - despite a charter from Henry VIII granting permission to hold one there "forever".
"Devon county council told us there was no legal mechanism for closing the road."
Markets had been held in the square for centuries, she said.
"We have a charter signed by Henry VIII saying we can have a market three days a week 'forever'," said Mrs Roberts-Wake.
"It would not affect traffic through the town because it is a market square."
Yep, little old town, big open space in the middle called the Market Place, thousands of them all over England. But a bit of a puzzle for the local council, never come across that before....