Author : Niall Roach
Located in the heart of the UK's midlands, Burton is a town of around 43,784 (in 2001). The town grew up around Burton Abbey, founded sometime in the 7th or 9th Century by St Modwen, making the town 1100-1300 years old.
Burton Bridge was the site of two battles, first in 1322, where King Edward II defeated the rebellious Earl of Lancaster. In 1643, royalists captured the town during the first English Civil War. Sadly, the medieval bridge was destroyed and rebuilt in 1863
Burton is best known for its history of brewing; at its height, a quarter of all beer sold in Britain was produced here!
The market in town runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There's been a market every Thursday since the 12th April 1200, when King John allowed the Abbott to hold one.
Every year, the river Trent, on which the town sits, floods. This rarely causes issues for the town, as few things are built on the floodplain, known as The Washlands.
That's it! There's not much to Burton; it's a small town with a long history (of very little). If you'd like to take a bit of a look around, yourself, you can use Google Streetview to explore.