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