Bartholomew Fair returns to its roots

This week Bartholomew Fair returned to Cloth Fair and Smithfield, where it started in 1133. I’ve put together some pages about the programme and businesses that committed to being open, with maps. I’ve also pulled together some articles and videos about the area.

On a stroll down Cloth Fair I was greeted by some engaging performers.

I’ve also done a little video to help promote Yvonne Courtney’s excellent pop up shop at 38 Bartholomew Fair EC1A 7HP, just around the corner from Cloth Fair. It is open until 6pm on Saturday 16 September.

Tonight I’m going to hear about Cries of London from The Gentle Author. There’s a taster here on Spitalfields Life with illustrated interviews by Henry Mayhew telling the story of London’s poor 150 years ago. The social media of its day, and more engaging.