Frost Fairs to Funfairs: A History of the English Fair
by Allan Ford and Nick Corble
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Number of Pages: 96
Publication Date: November 2017
the development of the English Fair, Allan Ford and Nick Corble
capture the diversity, sounds, smells and sensations that have
beguiled the Great British public for centuries – from the days of
charter fairs through to modern winter wonderlands and theme parks.
A nostalgic journey through the history of one of our most endearing
and popular pastimes, Frost Fairs to Funfairs is a fascinating look
behind the curtain of this ancient and enduring tradition,
encompassing the many attractions that make up a fair, as well as
the showmans’ way of life, and how the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’
nature of the fair seems to bring with it fresh rules, transforming
otherwise monochrome lives into a kaleidoscope of colour, even if
only for a short while.
This lavishly illustrated volume evokes all the excitement and
fervour of the fair coming to town while at the same time
demonstrating how the fair is not only an integral part of English
culture, but at the same time almost an expression of it.