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

Market 800 was a partnership project between Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Borough Council, and Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers. It explored 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 was 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.

Didn’t get the chance to visit in person our two exhibitions? Don’t worry, we have you covered. 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.


Collage banner of several people, young and old, holding up one word they would use to describe the market. such as sociable. treats. homemade.



Our Market, Our Fair, Our Stories!

Fair Memories

Find out about the community's memories of the fair through the years.

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Market Memories

Discover the memories of the market from traders and customers.

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Oral History Interviews

Click here to listen to clips from our interviews conducted by our volunteers with the community.

Find out more about 'Oral History Interviews'