Abingdon Runaway Fair 2022


17 October 2022

17 October 2022
Abingdon Town Centre
Abingdon Town Centre
OX14 3HG

17 October 2022 @ 12.00pm to 11.00pm

Abingdon Town Centre
Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 3HG
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Abingdon Michaelmas Fair

About Abingdon Runaway Fair 2022

The fair for “runaways” who wanted a different master

The Abingdon Runaway Fair is a smaller funfair that takes place on the Monday, one week after the Abingdon Michaelmas Fair in October.

The origin of the fair lies in the tradition of championing the rights of the common man. This hiring fair was held specifically so that farmworkers and others who had been hired at the earlier Michaelmas Fair and had found their new master cruel or the conditions intolerable could quite literally “run away”, i.e. return back to the town for another try at finding suitable paid work before the winter set in.

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