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Inspecting the Wares at Barnet Horse Fair, held every Year in September

Inspecting the Wares at Barnet Horse Fair, held every Year in September

Barnet Fair is held at the bottom of the hill on which stands the ancient town of High or Chipping Barnet, which gets its second name from the fact that the right to hold a market ("Chipping" has the same derivation as Cheapside: Anglo-Saxon "ceap," a bargain) here was given to the abbot of St. Albans by Henry II. As long ago as 1888 it was estimated that the fair brought an extra 20,000 people into the locality, and the horses sold at the fair come from places as far apart as Scotland, Ireland and the New Forest. Many of the animals are, however, bought by dealers while still on the way to the fair, for a great number come long distances by road. All the usual side shows are to be found. In the background are the sidings of High Barnet station.

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