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At Fairlop Fair

July 2, 2021
by the gentle author

Fairlop Fair is traditionally held in Hainault Forest in Essex on the first Friday in July, as I learnt recently from this booklet published by William Darton of Holborn Hill in 1811. I am grateful to Sian Rees for drawing my attention to this. Fairlop Fair 2021 is being held on 31st July this year.

Images courtesy University of California Libraries

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  1. Esther Wijnbeek permalink
    July 2, 2021

    What a wonderful whimpsy story about the Fairlop fair ! I would have loved to see the boat on wheels 🙂 Too bad the tree is gone…

  2. July 2, 2021

    I would love to visit FAIRLOP FAIR and the mighty oak tree because I like the slogan: “All trouble seems a joke!”

    Love & Peace

  3. paul loften permalink
    July 2, 2021

    The time has come
    To look at fun
    Is it Helter skelter or dodgem?
    Sitting in a machine
    Is just a fright
    On a Saturday night
    Can it ever compare
    With an age old fair?
    Galavanting , larking and fooling
    Machines may have won
    But Fairlop was fun

  4. July 2, 2021

    What a lot of verses! I wonder what ‘baskets of prog’ were? Googled came up with some weird answers, none of which I was looking for.

  5. David Antscherl permalink
    July 2, 2021

    This doggerel was lots of fun
    A lively, cheery history;
    The tale of Fairlop Fair was done
    ‘Cause Day fairly lopped that oak tree.

    With apologies to all real poets.

  6. Amos Julien permalink
    January 24, 2022

    The OBJECT indeed … the Fairlop Oak and its amazing history brought into view.

    Once again many thanks GA.

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