Wetherby Blue Plaques - The Shambles
An old painting of the Market Place pre 1811 shows two rows of permanent stalls, one thatched, occupying a big part of the large market place. In that year the young 6th Duke of Devonshire began planning a face lift with the aid of the Atkinsons, architects of York. These new shambles were one of the earliest features built. Unfortunately the scheme was not completed when, for reasons not fully understood, he decided to sell all his properties in Wetherby in 1824.