The origin of the name Reigate is uncertain, but appears to derive from Roe-deer Gate, as the town was situated near to the entrance to the de Warenne’s deer park.
The medieval town is centred on a north—south road of some antiquity as it incorporates the pre-Conquest road pattern. The story of the Pilgrim’s Way passing through Reigate is a myth, although in the 13th century a chapel to St Thomas was built in the town centre for use by Canterbury pilgrims.
Areas of the town have been the subject of extensive archaeological investigation. Bell Street was certainly in existence by the middle of the 12th century and Mesolithic implements have been found here. Much of High Street is of slightly later date, although there appear to have been buildings along its south side, near to the junction with Bell Street, by the 13th century at the latest. The market place was originally around Slipshoe Street, at the junction of West Street, but infilled houses encroached on it and it had been moved to the east end of the High Street by the end of the 16th century. Many of the finds from the excavations are held in the museum of the Holmesdale Natural History Club in Croydon Road.
Present & Future
Reigate Artisan Food and Craft market is running every Saturday and it is located in the beautiful settings of Reigate Town Centre.
After a successful pilot back in May, the market offers amazing food and crafty items.
Whether you are looking for a present or you are after some lunch, you will certainly find a selection of unique artisan items and dishes from around the globe!
Perfect location to visit for a day out in Reigate, located in Tunnel Road,home to the historical Reigate Caves.
Please bring your own gazebo and generator if needed, as electricity is limited.
If you are a trader and would like to book a pitch, please feel free to call us on 02085706456 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.