Tavistock Goose Fair
by Guy Belshaw
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ISBN Number: NA
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 136
Publication Date: October 2006
Publisher: Guy Belshaw

Tavistock Goose Fair is one of the best known events in Devon and one with a rich and colourful history. In this book, journalist and fairground historian, Guy Belshaw, reveals some of the secrets of the fair's past. He also relates the background to the Rowland family, whose amusements have been prominent at Tavistock for over a century. From Tom Rowland, a stout but genial man, and his wife, 'One-eyed' Betsy, to the present generation, the family is known throughout the West Country.

Once visitors to the fair could indulge in all manner of entertainment, much of which would be unacceptable by today's standards. It was an important agricultural event, with the sale of cattle, horses and, of course, geese.

Over the years it has changed in its nature, but even today it has an atmosphere all of its own as the street traders and travelling showmen stage the annual event for the entertainment of the people of Tavistock and its environs.


 

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