Barton Fair 1903 and 1904

The top two photographs appear in the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic of 3rd October 1903.

The Graphic is available to view at Gloucestershire Archives.  We are grateful to Dave Bailes for identifying all the images on this page.  You can see larger versions by clicking on each image.

Cheltenham Chronicle & Gloucestershire Graphic

Cheltenham Chronicle & Gloucester Graphic

The 1904 edition of the Fair seems to have been held mainly on the Oxleaze, with a horse fair taking place at the old Cattle Market, so only one of the views in the montage below definitely shows Barton Street.  A larger version of that image appears below the montage, and again you can make it larger still by clicking on it.

These images are taken from the Graphic of 1st October 1904.

Cheltenham Chronicle & Gloucestershire Graphic

Cheltenham Chronicle & Gloucestershire Graphic

Comments about this page

  • Hi, I research wall of death riders and recently received a letter from Dick Sheppard the Stuntman who as a 9 year old child saw three walls at the Barton Fair within sight of each other in 1939. One had a female Roller Skating on the wall another a lion in the car and the last an Austin Seven on the wall. I am hoping you may be able to uncover some press from the period to help me name the walls and more importantly the female skater, thanks. My research website is at

    By Alan Mercer (28/10/2016)

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