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Market 800

By the age of ten you would be serving on the stall, because that’s what you did. You would learn money very quickly!

‐ Carol

Markets are personal rather than impersonal.

‐ Mick

I don’t want to live in a town that hasn’t got a market, I just think it’s part of life here.

‐ Abida

2021 marks the 800th anniversary of Loughborough’s Market and Fair.

Market 800 is a partnership project between Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Borough Council, and Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers. It explores the market and fair through the ages- capturing its history to the modern-day connections.

Our Market, Our Fair, Our Stories

Our Market, Our Fair, Our Stories is part of the Market 800 project and was an opportunity for local people to share their memories and untold connections to Loughborough’s weekly market and annual fair.

Over 200 people have been involved!

We have loved hearing from everyone who has offered memories and experiences whether from many years back or much more recently.  We have memories from as long ago as 75 years and as far away as the USA! No memory has been too small or insignificant, and we have gathered as much of the sights’, sounds and smells of the market and fair as we can.

We welcome you to explore and discover these stories, memories and experiences and see (and listen) for yourself just why the market and fair remains at the heart of Loughborough’s community.

Visit not one but two exhibitions!

Our exhibition at Charnwood Museum is from Saturday July 10th to December 18th and uncovers both the heritage of the market and the untold stories from today.

Don’t miss out on the exhibition for the fair which will be held in the Town Hall Sock Gallery from the 14th October-18th November.

Whilst you’re here why not grab a cuppa and read through some of the memories, stories and photos that we’ve shared on our websites. We’ll continue to update this and our social media, so stay tuned for more!





Our Market, Our Fair, Our Stories!

I brought home a surprise from the market!

“Many years again when I was a fresh faced student in my first term at what was Loughborough School of Art & Design, I decided to buy a crab from...

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Gravity defying!

“It is the mid 80s and I am at the fair with friends including Andrew. We see The Meteor(ite) ahead – the gravity-defying spinning, tilting cage where you find yourself...

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Boon’s, The Hosiery Specialist

“In the late 40’s, Rogers parents were demobilised from the RAF and decided to get married. At this time they were living in Shelthorpe and his father Norman decided to...

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Took my breath away

“Seeing the Funfair on my way home from work for the first time in November 2010 took my breath away. Rides were just inches away from roofs and shops, right...

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The gold fell off my goldfish!

“We met at what was then Loughborough’s Essoldo Cinema, in April 1962 and spent a lot of time at the local village fairs during the spring and summer of that...

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Tired legs and the smell of celery

“Me and my three sisters all worked on Loughborough market.  My two older sisters worked for Mr Cohen selling fabric. Backing on to this stall was was a fruit and...

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