Barton Fair 2007

barton fair

Barton Fayre is the last of the City of Gloucester's old Charter Fairs, with it's roots going back to a 13th century Royal Charter. It started out as a cheese fair, a sheep fair, a hiring fair and a 'pleasure fair, but in the 20th century it was a large funfair.

 

 

cheer leadersThe author can remember these wonderful funfairs from his childhood in the city of Gloucester.

After many years of lobbying, the Barton Residents Association persuaded the council to close Barton Street to traffic for the day, and revive the event.

The main event is the Making of the Mayor of Barton, a mock mayor that was created when Charles II was returned to the throne in 1660.

This year was the first time a lady was made the mayor of Barton. Pat Hurley, landlady at the One Eyed Jack's pub, said she was thrilled to have been given the honour. Pat Hurley Mayor of Barton

Once back in power, King Charles took his revenge for Gloucester supporting parliament in the civil war by knocking down the city walls, and severely reducing the city boundaries.

Barton was left outside the City boundaries. The residents didn't like that very much, and decided that, if they couldn't defer to the Mayor of Gloucester, then they'd invent their own, simply to poke fun at Gloucester's official powers-that-be.

Originally, the man who had made the biggest fool of himself during the preceding year was appointed Mayor of Barton, who was always installed on 'Wap Monday', which was the opening day of the medieval Barton Fayre.

Barton Fair

See also Barton Fayre

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