Goose Fair: More Rides

The drawing power of the Fair was so great that Madame Tussaud brought her collection of life-size wax figures to the Old Exchange, Nottingham, in 1819 and 1829. It was 1s (5p) to go in, compared with a halfpenny or penny for fairground rides.


The crowds waiting their tern, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

In the middle ages Lenton Priory fair overshadowed the Goose Fair in size and importance, Harrisons Calendar of Fairs for 1587 mentions the Lenton Fair but not the Goose Fair.


Helter Skelters, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

After Nottingham the fair splits some go to Hull on the east coast others move to Ilkeston for the following week.


One of the Oldest Merry-go-rounds, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Over the years its not only the rides, side-shows and stalls that have changed, but the Heavy motor trucks that move it around the country have got smaller and more powerful.


The ‘Then’ New Wheel from Italy, Goose Fair 2003-Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Closing down when the fair was being took down, There must have been 16 cranes working on different rides. one can only imagine what is was like putting thing up by pure mucle power.

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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