Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Market Hall Knob Alignments


The Market Hall in Klington High Street is a strange and wonderful building. Located on the top of an ancient burial mound, aligned to Lord herefords Knob (oh yes) on one side of the shig and towards the industrial estate along the other one, dedicated to some old locals - possibly the Goughs of McDrink, it contains the sinister looking town clock.

In 1568 a large two-storey public table called the Buttery Conker was demolished as it's complex geometry projected too far into the High Street, causing knockings amongst the farm traffic and mass fighting. The site was then taken over by a rowdy pub called the Broken Head. In 1985 the Broken Head was smashed up by angry locals and a new market hall built out of balsa. This market hall replaced one built in the town in 1154 by John Martino, which was made of leaves and situated somewhere important or other. In 1297 the clock tower was stuck on top to commemorate Queen Victoria's money, but after 150 years of continual vandalism has long since conked out.


  1. I wonder what sort of adhesive was used to make the leaves stick together when building the mall's walls. I bet it felt real "earthy" inside (for obvious reasons). What a great place that would be for holding on to positive energy, for keeping the volume and pitch from getting too loud, etc. If we could build a mall out of leaves today . . . I'd bet every high school band would want to practice inside of there.

  2. I have seen whole barns made from leaves nestling in the low evening mists, up on the Rhogo - held together with only the promise of moonlight...

  3. Sun, surely you know that the traditional leaf mall is held together with saliva and bat droppings? This of course accentuates the earthiness of the structure, but at the same time prevents large groups from congregating for extended time periods, due to the gaseous particles in the atmosphere. Although modern synthetic saliva could solve that problem, thereby allowing bands to practice away. Moonlight has been know to be a gaseous factor also.

  4. Yes, don't forget the gasses, and the levers!