Welcome to the black cherry fair

  First established in 1440 Organised by the Rotary Club of Chertsey

Over five hundred years of history.....

The origins of the Black Cherry Fair can be traced back to 1440 when King Henry V1 granted the Abbot of Chertsey Abbey permission to hold an annual fair on St. Ann's Day, July 26th.
King Henry was a strong supporter of the Abbey. The St. Ann's Fair provided an income for the Abbot who was able to collect tolls for ' stallage' ( any ground occupied by a box, basket or barrow) and for 'pickage' (the right to make holes in the ground for erection of a tent).
Henry V1's connection with the Abbey continued throughout his life. After his murder in 1471 Henry's body was brought to Chertsey Abbey for burial where it lay for thirteen years until eventual removal to Windsor.
The Fair continued to grow in strength over the next century and was re-named the Black Cherry Fair as we know it today.
By the mid 18th century, with the adoption of the Gregorian Calender, St. Ann's Day fell on August 6th and the date of the fair changed accordingly. Near the end of the century the Chertsey Directory lists four fairs and that on August 6th was still associated with black cherries as well as 'hogs, horses, cows and toys'. The fair was no longer held on St. Ann's Hill but in the town itself.
Records of the fair's existence can be found until 1915 and probably until 1938 when, after nearly four centuries, it appears the fair went into decline, or at least was replaced by an annual 'Sports Day' organised by the British Legion. This also ended in 1962, the victim of a combination of bad weather and bad finances.
It was in 1975 that the Black Cherry Fair was re-established by the Chertsey Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 the responsibility of the fair was formally handed over to the Rotary Club of Chertsey which is well respected for it's charity work.
Over the past thirty years the Black Cherry Fair has grown into a much-loved tradition, providing great enjoyment to visitors and needed funds for the numerous charities and organisations who participate.

History with thanks to Derek Cotty.

The Black Cherry Fair is held every year on the

second Saturday in July
at ABBEY FIELDS
St Ann's Rd, KT16 8AT
in the heart of Chertsey.
All Council car parks are free on the day.
This does NOT include Sainsbury's.
Our free programme is
available from local shops
two weeks prior to the fair

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