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Four bronze tables are located outside the exchange on Corn Street, probably modeled after mobile tables which were taken to trade fairs and markets. Before the Corn Exchange was built in the 18th century, the tables — called nails — were located in the Tolzey Walk. This covered area was along the south wall of All Saints Church, which remains as a narrow lane giving access to commercial premises.

The bronze nails, with their flat tops and raised edges which prevent coins from tumbling onto the pavement, were made as convenient tables at which merchants could carry out their business. The oldest pillar is undated, but experts say it is late Elizabethan. The second oldest was given by Bristol merchant Robert Kitchen, who died in 1594. The two remaining nails are dated 1625 and 1631.

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