NOVEMBER 22ND – MARTINMAS OLD STYLE – HIRING FAIRS

Three men for hire (wikipedia)

In the East Riding of Yorkshire hiring fairs were held around this time. It was also called Pack-Rag Day as servants carried their clothes to their new place of work.

A hiring fair is how Gabriel Oak is hired by Batheseba Everdene in ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ by Thomas Harding. They were often also held at Michaelmas.

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