Join us for an illustrated talk on the medieval Stourbridge Fair with local historian Honor Ridout. 

For centuries the Fair was the high spot of the Cambridge year - a fortnight of bustling crowds, money-making and entertainments, meeting old friends and making new. Rather ironic, considering the chapel with its hospital was founded there, right out on the Cambridge boundary, to keep the unfortunate lepers well away from everyone else. But the lepers were no more, as the Fair, chartered to provide them with an income, grew and grew and became the chief market of East Anglia and further afield, until changing times led to its decline and the last proclamation in 1933. In its heyday vast quantities of cloth, cheese, hops and wool were sold, with many other commodities, as we shall see...

This event is free to attend, but we invite donations to CambridgePPF. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. Your support will help us continue our vital work in Cambridge. You can make a donation here.

Honor Ridout is a well known local historian, adult education lecturer and Blue Badge Tour Guide. Honor began researching the Fair with this question: why when the Fair was at its commercial peak, was Cambridge run-down and shabby? she says, I've never really found the answer, but I've had a lot of fun on the way. Some of it is in my little book, Cambridge and Stourbridge Fair. 

 

Re-enacting the past: The Proctor and the Mayor about to open the modern event, while I look on in my Tudor dress

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