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Burford Mop Fair CC57_00428

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Filename: cc57_00428.jpg

Size: 4946 x 3807 (9.8MB)

Date: 12th September 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Burford Mop Fair CC57_00428

BURFORD, Oxfordshire. A view of the High Street during the Hiring Fair (Mop Fair) with stalls set out. Photographed in 1895 by Henry Taunt

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Media ID 5511036

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> Architecture > High Streets

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Henry Taunt Collection (1860-1922)

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > The 1890s

> The way we were > Leisure > Fairs and carnivals

> The way we were > Victoriana > Victorian shopping and dining


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the bustling scene of Burford's Hiring Fair, also known as the Mop Fair, in 1895. The High Street of this picturesque Oxfordshire town is transformed into a vibrant marketplace, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of country life. Henry Taunt, the skilled Victorian photographer, expertly documents the moment, with the sun casting long shadows on the cobblestone street. The stalls, laden with fresh produce, household items, and livestock, stretch from one end of the street to the other. Farmers and traders haggle with potential buyers, while locals and travelers mingle, exchanging news and stories. The air is thick with anticipation and the promise of a good deal. Children play and laugh in the background, their innocent joy adding to the lively atmosphere. Horses and carts line the street, adding to the sense of movement and activity. The townspeople, dressed in their Sunday best, are a testament to the importance of this annual event. The Hiring Fair was a significant occasion in the rural calendar, where laborers were hired for the upcoming harvest season. It was also an opportunity for the community to come together, renewing old friendships and forging new ones. This photograph offers a glimpse into a bygone era, showcasing the strong sense of tradition and community that once defined rural England.

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