Crowds watching the Punch and Judy show at the Northfall Meadow Fair, 1911. The Bleriot Memorial can be seen in the background.

Cope Brothers’ Fun Fair on Dover Promenade, c.1935


Saturday last being St Martin’s Day, William COCKE Esq., attended by the several officers of the corporation, proceeded from the Hall to the Market Place and caused the usual proclamation to be made for commencing this ancient fair. Immediately afterwards all was bustle, noise and activity.

Middleton’s Exhibition created the greatest din of war or music.  The Fair is, upon the whole, of a much more respectable caste than last year but as usual the Crown & Anchor Tavern was lucky to run off with the greatest share of custom.  (Kentish Gazette 1839 Nov 26th page 3, col.1)