8:  West Street

The Carfax is the centuries-old centre of the town with its largely pedestrianised cobbled streets, gas lamps, War Memorial, bandstand and a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.  From the 13th century, fairs and markets were held in this area.  Over the years it has also contained the County Gaol, bull ring, stock and was the first location of the Jubilee Fountain.

On the eastern side of the Carfax are examples of more timber-framed buildings (Nos 26/27 and 33/34) dating from the 15th to 17th centuries with roofs of local stone.