Chapter 4. The Fair at Great Mongeham - The fair flourishes

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Chapter 4. The Fair at Great Mongeham
A charter is granted
The fair flourishes
Decline of the fair
Evidence for a fair
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altThe fair must have been an exciting interruption to a normally quiet and peaceful rural scene. Pedlars and merchants would come from far afield, possibly even from France. Not only would there be stalls for cloth and haberdashery, but household goods of all kinds. There would be entertainers such as musicians, magicians and jugglers. Mongeham fair was licensed for livestock as well as pedlary, so buying and selling of animals would be added to the entertainment. Crowds would be drawn from all the surrounding villages to join in the festivities. No doubt the Red Lion, later to become the Leather Bottle, would have done a roaring trade. Several years ago Nick Atkins found these coins behind the pub when laying a patio. In 1874 the thatched mediaeval wayside inn burnt down and was replaced by the present building. In 1735 the Three Horseshoes would have also benefitted from the extra trade from the fair when it started business as an alehouse. By 1770 it too was an inn and able to accommodate those traders who were too far from home.

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