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Oldest Shop In Town Celebrates Milestone

Friday June 28 2013

Julie Slater and Debby Rhodes inside Barnsley's oldest shop Julie Slater and Debby Rhodes inside Barnsley's oldest shop

BARNSLEY'S oldest shop is 550 years old and has joined a neighbouring church to celebrate with a medieval fair.

Church Street-based Micassa has beams dating back to no later than 1463 - 29 years before Christopher Columbus discovered the 'New World' of the Americas.

The florist and gift shop has teamed up with St Mary's Church to hold a joint medieval fair. The church is also celebrating completion of refurbishment works.

Micassa is run by Debby Rhodes and her husband Ian, of Staincross, who took over two years ago.

Ian said: "Samples of the beams in the shop showed the timber had come from a storage yard. It indicates there was a building trade presence in the town even that far back."

English Heritage has also been involved in a refurbishment of the shop and found an ancient gaming token, known as a gambit. The building, said Ian, should be listed but had somehow slipped through the net.

He said: "I get comments every day of the week about its age and history."

The medieval fair starts at midday on June 29 at St Mary's Church and features a hog roast, medieval crafts, Yorkshire cider and prizes for the best costumes.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Friday June 28 2013 at 18:23
What would Ye Olde Floriste & Gifte Shoppe have sold 550 years ago?? Happy Mother's Day I got you this turnip & some leeches!