Travel Close to Home: Tewkesbury’s Mop Fair

Tewkesbury’s Mop Fair

The Tewkesbury Mop Fair dates back to 12th century when farm hands,  labourers, servants   and craftsmen looking for work, would take along a piece of equipment to   represent their trade. Those with no specific   skills would carry a mop head to signify they were for free for work, hoping a prospective employer would spot them in the crowds.

This annual event arrived in town yesterday for two days. The town centre is closed to traffic and the rides and side-show fill the street sometime perilously close to bedroom windows.

The lights, movement and sounds are spectacular and everyone turns out to chill and thrill.

Dodgem!

Dodgem!

Fun of the Fair

Fun of the Fair

 

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Fun of the Fair

Fun of the Fair

Fun of the Fair

Fun of the Fair

Fun of the Fair

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3 Responses to Travel Close to Home: Tewkesbury’s Mop Fair

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Great photos Tony! Goodness I wouldn’t have top carry a mop, I could just come as I am 🙂

    • 2far2shout says:

      Thanks for your comment. Das as a brush you are, never mind Mop Top.
      I wondered when our American cousins would get cookers and horse chestnuts mixed up the sweet chestnuts. The colour of cookers straight from the shell are an amazing mahogany colour aren’t they, and they do keep spiders away.

      Hope you have a happy Autumn.

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