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HOW OLD S. BARTHOLOMEW FAIR AT SMITHFIELD USED TO LOOK

HOW OLD S. BARTHOLOMEW FAIR AT SMITHFIELD USED TO LOOK

In the eighteenth century, when this picture was made, the great fair of "Bartlemy" was an annual custom for the City, just as the May Fair was in the West End. In 1708 the Corporation reduced the fair from fourteen to three days, although in 1739 an extra day was granted. The proprietary rights belonged jointly to the Corporation and the lord of the manor of Kensington. When the latter at last consented to sell his rights, the Corporation forbade the fair in 1843. Notice a roundabout on the left, with sedan chairs to ride in.

Other pictures from Famous Fairs and Their Origins


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

SHEEP FAIR OF WEYHILL AND THE GOOSE FAIR, NOTTINGHAM

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