It’s Goose Fair Friday!

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Yes we can do the Snoopy Dance as it is Friday and not just any old Friday, it is Goose Fair Friday!!! 

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Historians believe that the fair first began in 1284 when the Charter by King Edward I referred to City Fairs for Nottingham.  Its name comes from the thousands of Geese which were driven into Nottingham from Lincolnshire to be sold to be fattened for Christmas Day.  Our family when my Grandparents were alive always had Goose for Christmas Day Dinner instead of Turkey and there was also Beef as well. 

 

There are two roads in the Nottingham City Centre, one is called Goose Gate where the Geese entered the town and The Poultry where all the butchers/poultry shops were.

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This is the Fair in Old Market Square with the old Council House in the background

The fair used to be held in the city centre, in Old Market Square in front of the Council House but moved in 1927 to its present venue of the Forrest Recreation Ground when Old Market Square was re-developed.  The fair was cancelled for a few years; 1646 because of the Bubonic plague and during the First and Second World Wars but since then it has been continuous. 

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The Fair with the new and present Council House being built in the background.

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Another side of the fair in the Square with the old buildings in the background which are still there today.  In fact the building on the right next to H. Samuel is by Watson Fothergill a famous Nottingham Architect

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Today it is all about rides from the little ones for the children to the very big ones that even I won’t go on!!!  They also always bring one new ride to the fair usually very fast or very big or both!!! 

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Nottingham is DH and My Home Town so it is tradition to go and we even went before we were both born and so did both of the Boys.  In fact DH and I had our first date at Goose Fair, so we are going tonight!!!  The weather at the moment is cold but at least it is not raining like the last couple of years.  This is one of the events we all look forward to during Fall and really marks the end of Summer and start of Autumn for us. 

 

Also a tradition, which not a lot of people understand, is having a pot of hot mushy peas with mint sauce whilst you walk round the fair!!!  You have to be there to appreciate it!!!

I hope you all have a Wonderful Weekend whatever you are all up to.

Hugs, Susie x

2 thoughts on “It’s Goose Fair Friday!

  1. farmquilter

    Looks like a really fun weekend!! I’ll give the mushy peas a pass…I did try them when I was in England and found them to be just as unpalatable as regular peas here in the USA!! I just figured out that you grew up about an hour and a half southwest of where I spent my favorite part of my trip to England…fell in love with Tealby!!!

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