Stow Horse Fair in Stow-on-the-Wold may have to move to make room for a new development
A POPULAR and historic horse fair at Stow-on-the-Wold may have to move over to make room for a new medical centre.
Stow-on-the-Wold’s Horse Fair which has taken place in the town twice a year since 1476 attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the country.
Currently based in a field near Maugersbury Road, the site is being sold to developers who plan to build a new medical centre, five houses and a 300 space car park.
The next fair on October 24 is expected to be the last on the field despite it being held there for the last 537 years.
The fair is considered one of the biggest events in the Gypsy and traveller calendar and sees hundreds of horses paraded and sold.
A spokesman from Stow Town Council said: “Planning permission has not even been applied for yet and the horse fair will only move from its current site if permission is granted.
“A proposal has not been made formally to the council. If the horse fair had to move though, there are plenty of adjoining fields for it to go, if the landowners are prepared to allow it.”
Stow Horse Fair takes place on October 24.