|Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.
Fazeley FayreFazeley October Pleasure Fair was a great attraction for us children. We had time off school for it coincided with potato picking, which was heavy work for women and children with their own buckets, following a machine and picking up the potatoes, another good source of pocket money.
The fair started with a sheep auction. Every house in Atherstone Street had a peg in the wall to which the sheep were tethered. The fair was held in a field behind the Plough and Harrow and on the other side of the road was a large field where upwards of 100 horses and ponies were sold. Most of them that were sold were run up to the river bridge to prove their fitness.
Stalls were in the street selling sweets, toys etc. One of the earliest recollections of going there on my own was when I was about 8 years old. I had saved my pocket money and bought a silver coloured gun that fired caps. I ran home excitedly but when I got to the canal bridge, the gun fell out of my pocket and broke into two pieces. It never fired a cap in anger !
Years ago, Mr Walter Hough, the village barber wrote in the Tamworth Herald that on Fazeley Fair Monday he remembered 24 Bush houses in Fazeley. This was an ancient order which allowed householders to place a small bush outside their house and sell beer in their living room.