Fair Ground

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Venue Type & Location

Fair Grounds

Site Name: Fair Ground
Location: Sheffield
County: Yorkshire: West Riding
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Likely the fair grounds along the banks of the Don River, just north of Victoria Station Road.. For a current map, Click Here.

  • 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 Ground

    Events at Fair Ground

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Exhibition 29 May 1849 - 30 May 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Bosjesmans, Tyler, J.S.
    Circus 23 November 1852 - 24 November 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Kendrick, Young Congo

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Vickers, J. Edward. A Popular History of Sheffield. East Ardsley, Wakefield: EP Publishing Limited, 1978.

      “The Feasts, or Fairs, were the highlight of the year for the working-class people and in Sheffield two large feast grounds existed. One was situated on the side of the Don, taking up the whole piece of land to the front of where the Royal Victoria Hotel stands today and the other was at the bottom of the Moor, near the cluster of cottages known as Little Sheffield.” (p. 228)