Love it or hate it, Stratford’s Mop Fair is here to stay
SOME love it, others don’t, but the Mop Fair is very much here to stay.
The fair rolled into Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday for its annual visit.
And while it caused the usual tailbacks on Stratford’s roads, with much of the centre of town closed from midnight on Monday, the fair is cemented in the town’s future, as it is its past.
The history of Mop Fairs is this: Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October.
At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an... read more
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