Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair: Mythology, Origins, Evolution and Evaluation by Andrew Connell
The Appleby Horse Fair has, for years, attracted visitors to the Settle-Carlisle line. This book provides scholarly research on the fair, separating myth from reality and placing the fair in the context of English fairs and the Cumbrian agricultural economy. Mr Connell works back from the present day and examines the origins of the fair which are often said to be in a charter granted by James 11 in 1685. This is probably a myth and Mr Connell traces its more likely evolution from a sheep and cattle drover’s fair to an occasion dominated by horse sales and its increasing identification with Gypsy travellers. He explores the relationships between the travellers, the local community and the forces of law and order.
A ‘must’ for anybody interested in the country through which the S&C travels.
Softback 103 pages including index.
From Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.