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Hythe Christmas Market


Event Date(s)

14/12/2018 - 16/12/2018 - 3 day(s)

Information For Trader/Participants

We are pleased to be returning to Hythe, with a Christmas Market. Holman's Field alongside the enchanting Royal Military Canal will once again provide the setting.

The market will feature a wide range of stalls selling a host of handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery alongside a great choice of food and drink.

Market Square Group is delighted to be offering shoppers, from both the local community and further afield, a wide choice of original Christmas gift ideas.

As usual, we will be setting a high standard both in presentation and in the quality of products on offer for a discerning shopper.

Local producers and businesses are particularly welcome to apply for a stall.

Information For Visitors

For a list of stalls that have booked to attend, please go to our visitor's page.

Interesting Facts About The Venue

On October 30 1804 the first sod of the Royal Military Canal was dug at Seabrook. Harsh winter weather and severe flooding, as well as difficulty in attracting labourers - known as navvies - meant that the original completion date appeared wildly optimistic. By May 1805 the canal project was close to disaster: only six miles had been completed and work had stopped. William Pitt intervened: the contractors and Rennie were dismissed.

The project was put in the hands of the Quartermaster-General’s department with Lt-Col. Brown in command. Navvies dug the canal, while the military built the ramparts and turfed the banks. Flooding continued to be a barrier to progress and hand pumps were used day and night to keep the trench from filling with water. Eventually powerful steam-driven pumps were used to clear the water.

At its peak there were 1,500 men working on the canal. The canal was dug entirely by hand, using picks and shovels and the soil was carried away in wheelbarrows. Once the canal was dug it was lined with clay. The change of command and the greater work force speeded progress so that by August 1806 the canal was open from Seabrook to the River Rother. However, concessions were made. The original dimensions of the canal were greatly reduced due to increasing problems encountered by the builders and pressures of time, so that for most of its length the canal is half its projected width and it wasn’t until April 1809 that the canal was actually completed.

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