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There seemed to be more rides this year – than last year – at the runaway fair.
The weather has been good. So hopefully the show people and the punters had a good afternoon and evening.
With the road closure, it is funny seeing buses unload their passengers at strange places like the Kings Head and Bell. And it’s funny to see the upper deck of double deckers sail by our 1st floor window.
It only happens when
She comes again.
Our little runaway,
run, run, run, runaway.
October 17, 2016
These days, children’s rides are the main feature of the Runaway Fair that runs on the Monday of the week after the Michaelmas Fair.
In days of old the Michaelmas and Runaway fairs were both hiring fairs. As late as 1884 the Reading Mercury noted there was still some hiring activity at the Abingdon Runaway Fair.
In 1888, the same paper reported that during the “runaway” fair a 71 year old man from Ock Street was killed by a runaway driver.
We read in the same paper in 1897 that little hiring was noticeable, but country people came into town for Michaelmas purchases, and for a fair on the Market Place.
October 16, 2016
Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on the 29th of September every year. It celebrates the Angel of Light who slayed a dragon.
Michaelmas daisies bloom late into September, and beyond, and bring late colour to gardens, as seen here at St Michael’s Church.
In Abingdon, not far from the Church of St Michael and All Angels, the annual Abingdon Michaelmas Fair takes place early in October each year.
On 2nd September 1752 people went to bed, and when they woke up it was 14th September. The dates had changed to be the same as the rest of Europe. Since that time the Abingdon Michaelmas Fair has happened on the Monday before the 11th October instead of the Monday before the 30th September.
At the fair pedestrians can walk safely down the middle of Ock Street and High Street between the fairgrounds rides.
Smoke breathing vehicles are banished for three days by the angels of light.
October 6, 2016