History of St Lawrence Fair
The St Lawrence Fair is amongst the oldest traditional village fairs in the United Kingdom.
The Fair was granted a Royal Charter in 1313 by King Edward I. This Charter allows for the fair to be held each year to celebrate the Patron Saint of Hurstpierpoint, St Lawrence.
It is thought that the St Lawrence Fair has taken place every year, with the exception of the years encompassing the first and second World Wars.
The St Lawrence Fair is now run by a volunteer committee, made up mostly of local residents who endeavour each year to raise enough money to run the fair. Every year, the committee makes a donation to a local charity, and as funds allow many other charities and voluntary groups benefit from the fair activities.
Last year a substantial amount was raised by all groups including the local scouts, WI and other charities.
This website is a guide to the Hurstpierpoint St Lawrence Fair. Please visit us on Fair day – we look forward to seeing you there, and thank you for your support.
If you are a keen historian or know more about the history of the fair, please contact us and help us to build more information for this page.
Plus… all old photos welcomed of the fair in years gone by, or perhaps your memories of the fair.