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.
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.