St. Giles Fair

St. Giles Fair

Monday and Tuesday after the Sunday following September 1
The St. Giles Fair, held in Oxford, England, dates back even further than Oxford University. It is the only one remaining of the five great fairs once held in Oxford, and it still occupies its original site on St. Giles Street.
When it started more than 800 years ago, St. Giles was an important trade fair. Today it features sports and popular amusements, including "dodge-em" cars, swing-boats, and gaily painted "roundabouts" (rotaries). Booths sell holiday foods and other merchandise, and visitors flock to the fair from throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.
St. Giles serves as the patron of the physically disabled, and according to legend the fair was situated outside the walls of the city because townsfolk did not want lame people and beggars to enter the city. The St. Giles Fair is held on the Monday and Tuesday after the Sunday following his feast day, which is September 1.
CONTACTS:
St. Giles' Church
10 Woodstock Rd.
Oxford, OX2 6HT United Kingdom
44-18-6531-1198
www.st-giles-church.org
SOURCES:
BkFairs-1939, p. 165
YrbookEngFest-1954, p. 119
YrFest-1972, p. 170