Summer fair on the hills of Cosham

Portsdown fair, 1930
Portsdown fair, 1930
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Portsdown Fair, 1930. The summer fair on the hill slopes above Cosham was always a popular day out in the late 1920s and early ‘30s.

Originally the fair was an extension of the old Free Mart Fair held at Point, Old Portsmouth.

Fairground traders would often stop at the hill for a further two or three days after leaving Portsmouth and this casual gathering became accepted as an annual event.

By the turn of the century the fair was the highlight of the year for many people and was visited by itinerant traders from a wide area.

As time progressed the trading side of the fair diminished and it became just an ordinary funfair with sideshows and the usual entertainments.