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The May Fair

The thrills and spills, love it or loathe it, Hereford’s Mayfair has been with us since the 12th Century. It started life as St Ethelbert’s Fair in 1121 and a street fair has been held in the city ever since. Each year, roads are closed off for three days in May to allow the event to take place. The fair has evolved to meet the needs of the modern consumer and today we have gravity-defying, scream-inducing rides, candy floss, deep-fried doughnuts, crisp chips, hook a duck stalls, and numerous opportunities to win  fluffy giant pandas, giraffes, and animals of all descriptions. 

But there are many who will remember a far more colourful fair. 

Dancing girls, naked ladies, bearded ladies, 'freak' shows, and the boxing booth, were just a few of the entertainments long gone from the streets of the May Fair. It would have been impossible for a photographer like Derek Evans, whose studio was on Broad Street, to miss it this annual visual spectacle. His archive is testament to that.

Photo Gallery

Explore these wonderful photos of the May Fair from the Studio archive of a perhaps more risqué event in times past.

The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
Hereford May Fair
Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night
Enjoying the Ride
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
Vintage Dodgems
Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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Hereford May Fair

Hereford May Fair

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Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

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Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

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Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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Vintage Dodgems

Vintage Dodgems

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Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

Tag: May Fair

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s

The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s

Tag: May Fair

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

Tag: Live Show

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
Hereford May Fair
Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.
Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

Tag: Hereford Fair

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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Hereford May Fair

Hereford May Fair

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Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Tag: Hereford Fair

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Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

Tag: Signage

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

Tag: Show Women

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

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Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

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The Glamour Parade
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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Hereford May Fair
Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night
Hereford May Fair

Hereford May Fair

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Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

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Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.
Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night
Enjoying the Ride
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
Vintage Dodgems
Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Tag: Fair Rides

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Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

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Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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Vintage Dodgems

Vintage Dodgems

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Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.
Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Tag: Celebrities

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Tag: Darned Stockings

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Enjoying the Ride
Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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Enjoying the Ride
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
Vintage Dodgems
Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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Vintage Dodgems

Vintage Dodgems

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Enjoying the Ride
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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Vintage Dodgems
Vintage Dodgems

Vintage Dodgems

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

Tag: Fan Dance

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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The Glamour Parade
Cremation of a living human body
Hereford May Fair
Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.
Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair
Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night
Enjoying the Ride
A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers
Vintage Dodgems
Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions
The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance
The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s
The Glamour Parade

The Glamour Parade

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Cremation of a living human body

Cremation of a living human body

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Hereford May Fair

Hereford May Fair

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Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

Actor and comedian Alfred Marks takes a turn.

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Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

Different reactions to the Dancing Girls at Hereford May Fair

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Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

Colour Slide of Hereford May Fair glowing at night

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Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride

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A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

A snug but thrilling ride on the Waltzers

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Vintage Dodgems

Vintage Dodgems

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Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

Off-duty Show Women sit by one of the attractions

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The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

The Tit-Bit of the Fair: The Fan Dance

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The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s

The Atmosphere of the May Fair in the 50s-60s

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Interviews & Videos

An interview from Abie Danter from the Showmans Guild plus footage of the fair 2017

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Tag: Hereford Fair

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Tag: Fair Rides

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Tag: Modern Day

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Tag: Leominster Fair

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