The Appleby Horse fair was held in the small town of Appleby In Westmorland last weekend. The population of the town, around 2,500, was swolllen by the addition of over 10,000 gypsies , travellers, horse traders and over 50,000 visitors who had come to enjoy the event.
The fair is one of the oldest horse fairs in Britain, first held in 1685 under a warrant from James II. it is held outside the town on what was formerly called Gallows Hill (named after the public hangings that were carried out there), which is now known as Fair Hill. One of the prime events is the horses being ridden down tot he Rver Eden in the town centre and washed and groomed to attract buyers. Usually this is done by younger family members. The river is quite shallo but there is a deep pool where they are allowed to swim for a short distance. There are always many photographers around to take pictures.
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