May Fair and Cattle Market, Stafford,

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Date:1902

Description:Annual fairs had two sides - trade and pleasure. People would travel from a wide area to visit the fairs, which often filled the town's main streets. Henry III granted Stafford's first annual fair in 1261.

Here a pleasure fair fills the Market Square; in the distance, on Gaolgate Street (then known as Cow Street), is the Rother Market where long-horned cattle were bought and sold. This fair continued until 1909, despite protests about congestion and the filth produced by the cattle.


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1680s
Old Town Hall, Stafford,
Old Town Hall, Stafford,

There has been a shire building in Stafford since the 1280s, used as a meeting place ...

1790s
Proposed Design for Stafford's Shire Hall,
Proposed Design for Stafford's Shire Hall,

Design for a new Shire Hall on Market Square. In 1790 a decision was made to ...

1840s
Market Square from the South, Stafford,
Market Square from the South, Stafford,

Stafford possessed a market as early as 1206, when Edward the Elder passed a law ...

1850s
Market Square, Stafford,
Market Square, Stafford,

Stafford possessed a market as early as 1206, when Edward the Elder passed a law ...

1880s
Portrait of a Victorian Lady, Stafford,
Portrait of a Victorian Lady, Stafford,

Miniature studio portrait of Susy Macnaghten. She is wearing a ruched velvet ...

1890s
Children Celebrating Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Stafford,
Children Celebrating Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Stafford,

1910s
Royal Mail Van, Stafford,
Royal Mail Van, Stafford,

Royal Mail van believed to be the first motor driven mail van in Stafford. The ...

1930s
Guildhall, Stafford,
Guildhall, Stafford,

The Guildhall on Market Square was designed by Charles Trubshaw and built in 1853. ...

1950s
Refuse Collection Wagon, Stafford,
Refuse Collection Wagon, Stafford,

Photograph donated by Stafford Historical and Civic Society, who retain copyright ...

1960s
Aerial View of Stafford from the South-east,
Aerial View of Stafford from the South-east,

View looking north-west from over South Walls and Eastgate Street. The River ...

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Donor ref:P80.001.0044 (18/1166)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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