The square of this old market town, which lies in the valley of the river Bain, was formerly the Roman fort of Banovallum
and some parts of its walls still survive.
At one time the town staged famous horse fairs lasting up to 10 days. The Fighting Cocks inn was named after the sport of cock-fighting, which was then a feature of the festivities.
Today the town is probably best known as a centre for bric-a-brac and antiques.