Bright lights and fairground rides in front of the baroque County Hall building

Runaway Fair

The fair for "runaways" who wanted a different master

The Runaway Fair is the smaller fair that follows a few days after the Michaelmas Fair in October. Abingdon-on-Thames has a tradition of championing the rights of the common man and this hiring fair was held specifically so that farmworkers who had been hired at the earlier Michaelmas Fair, and had found their new master cruel or the conditions intolerable, could quite literally “run away”, return back to the town for another try at finding suitable paid work before the winter set in. To find the exact date of the next Runaway Fair look up October events on the Town Events Calendar.

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