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Great Key which is always used in opening the Historic Fair at Mitcham

Great Key which is always used in opening the Historic Fair at Mitcham

One of the oldest fairs in England takes place every year at Mitcham, formerly a Surrey village famous for its cricket, but now a suburb of London. The Showmen's Guild possesses a Charter which is claimed to have been presented to them for the holding of the fair by Queen Elizabeth on the petition of Sir Walter Raleigh, who once lived at Mitcham. The Charter was produced when the Urban Council decided to move the fair ground from the village, where it was impeding the traffic, to its present site on the common. The change has made the fair more prosperous than ever. The Showmen's Charter contains the hope that "the blessings of God may be showered on the innocent recreations held within the confines of the Fair."

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