Goose Fair: Tickling the Taste Buds

At the Nottingham Goose Fair most people remember the fair for mushy peas, mint sauce, candy floss and of course the rides and beautiful show of lights.


Night Rides More Fun, Goose Fair 2003- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

These next few items are for those who can not “remember”, what they look like.


More Peas Going In, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The mushy pea stall with its smell of a coal fire and peas with mint sauce.


Adding the Mint Sauce, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The only other place I have had mushy peas with mint sauce was, some of you may remember, Central Market while out doing the Saturday shop.


“Dir yow want onions onit mi duck”, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The burgers, hot dogs with onions are one of my faviorite stalls but they seem to have sprung up every where.


Time to Rest, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.


The Tradional Cock on a Stick, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Ray Brooks at his Cocks-on-sticks stall established in 1890, possibly the oldest surviving stall at the fair.

We’re very sorry but the smell of the cooking burgers, Hot dogs, peas, and toffee apples has been removed from this web page as it was driving us nuts!

Original article by Pete Woodward (Broxtowe Hundred) and Paul Nix (Nottingham Hidden History Team) February 2003.

About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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