Fair Fields, Stepney

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Venue Type & Location

Fair Grounds

Site Name: Fair Fields, Stepney
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Bow Street (north side, just west of Fair Field Place). For a current map, Click Here. For an historical map showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Bow Street Fair Fields.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Fair Fields, Stepney

    Events at Fair Fields, Stepney

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Circus 31 July 1843 - 31 July 1843 London, London (city-county) Adams (Jim Crow & His Granny, Powell's Circus, 43)
    Circus 2 August 1843 - 2 August 1843 London, London (city-county) Adams (Jim Crow & His Granny, Powell's Circus, 43)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Lysons, Daniel. The Environs of London. Vol. 3 (1795). Reproduced at British History Online. 09/14/2008 (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=329)

      ” Market and fair.

      In 1664, at the Earl of Cleveland's request, King Charles the Second instituted a weekly court of record within the manor of Stepney (fn. 11) . The same patent contains the grant of a weekly market at Ratcliffe-cross, and an annual fair on Michaelmas day at Mileend-green, or any other convenient places, within the manor. The keeping of the market and fair, with all profits arising from tolls, &c. was given under the same grant, at the Earl of Cleveland's request, to Sir William Smith, Bart. and his heirs. The market is now held in Whitechapel, and known by the name of the Hay-market. The fair is kept at Bow. Sir William Smith's right is now vested in the lord of the manor.” (Ch. 19 – ‘Stepney’)