Fairfield Folk: A History of the British Fairground and its People
Frances Brown

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ISBN Number: 0947993525
Hardback with dustjacket
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Publication Date:
1986 (First Edition)
Ronda Books

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"Fairfield Folk traces the history of the Matthews family from the early 19th Century to today. The history of the 'Travellers' is handed down from generation to generation through traditional methods of 'say'. Every important, amusing or significant event is turned into a story and is faithfully repeated with great accuracy for, perhaps, hundreds of years.

Frances Brown's unique entree to the Travellers has enabled her to record all the 'Says' of the Matthews family, going back to the early 1800s. Some of them sounded rather outrageous and, perhaps, a little unbelievable, so Frances has checked them against newspapers, court records, and any official documntation available and has proved that they are, in fact, true. Incarrying out her research, Frances has unearthed a wealth of original photographs of the Matthews family; this book traces their way of life, the changes and developments of the fairground.

This book should have wide appeal as it has not only many personal insights into the travelling family but also records their purchase of several early steam-driven carousels, one of which has been featured in the films Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and Half-a-Sixpence."

Condition: Fine with Fine dustjacket. Owner's name sticker on inside front cover. Please click on image for close-up of book for sale.

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