The above picture is copied from a poster found recently, and reminded me of the details that I found some time ago about this Isaac Bancroft of Fairplace Farm.
It is interesting to look at the items for sale on the poster. Most of them are farm stock or farm equipment, but also included are 3 pairs of Looms which indicate that as well as farming, Isaac's family still relied on some additional income from weaving, which was still common practice in many areas at this time when the farm was small and not able to produce enough income on it's own to sustain a large family.
The following details about the fair come from the book “Cowling a Moorland Parish 1980"
"As to what form the fair took is lost in the mists of time. By the mid 1800’s the “Hitchingstone Fair” was jointly held at Sutton and Cowling. The naming of Fairplace Farm is evidence of this. There would be all the usual sideshows, stalls and animal and produce sales associated with this period. One feature was the fell race run between the Hitchingstone, the Pinnacle and Fairplace Farm.
On the Sunday morning visitors would begin to arrive in waggonnettes, and this continued throughout the day. Every household had its visitors, twenty or more to one house was quite commonplace. The previous week would have seen much activity, cleaning the house from top to bottom, inside and out, weeding and swilling the pavements and “fettling” the family graves! “Cowinheaders” [the local name for residents of Cowling] were notorious for their hospitality and put on an excellent dinner and tea for anyone who cared to call. Many said that it was a financial struggle because extra collections were expected at the chapels too, but for all the problems the friendships and fellowships were worth a lot. At night when both chapels (Bar and Ickornshaw) had finished evening service, the village street would be packed with visitors and locals, chatting with friends, some of whom they had not seen since the last feast.
[I am grateful to Dennis Harker of Cowling and Joan Tindale of the Moonrakers website for their help with this article]