Stourbridge Common, the home of the ancient Stourbridge Fair has a remarkable history, starting with the first Steresbrigge Fair in 1211. From then on the Stourbridge Fair went from strength to strength and was always held on or around 14th September The Feast of the Holy Cross.

The fair was the largest in Europe in Medieval times and was the inspiration for John Bunyan’s ‘Vanity Fair’.

Read more about the Fair and the Common on Wikipedia


In recent years the Stourbridge Fair has been resurrected by Cambridge Past, Present and Future around the Leper Chapel on the Newmarket Road side of the Common

2010 Stourbridge Fair

playing a Jews harp at Stourbridge Fair 2010

– the 2010  Stourbridge Fair was held on Saturday 11th September (same day as the Common Clean up) – for more information please follow this link
January 2003 cold on the common

If you have information on any aspect of the history of Stourbridge Common that you would be happy to share please post it in a comment below. We would also love to see old photos and pictures of the Stourbridge Fair.


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