Stratford set for road closures ahead of Mop Fair

Former Mayor of Stratford Victoria Alcock and fellow town councillor Tessa Bates took on one of the hair raising rides last year. Photo: Mark Williamson

A series of road closures are due to come into effect tomorrow morning as the traditional Stratford Mop Fair returns.

To accommodate the Mop Fair Greenhill Street, Rother Street (from Ely Street), Wood Street, Union Street, Bridge Street, Windsor Street, Meer Street, Henley Street and High Street will all be closed from 5am tomorrow (Thursday 11th October) until 7.30am on Saturday (13th October).

The Runaway Mop will return two weeks later with Greenhill Street, Rother Street (from Ely Street), Wood Street, Windsor Street (from Mansell Street) and Meer Street all being closed from 5am on Thursday 25th October until 6am on Saturday 27th October.

The historic fair, which was granted a charter by Edward VI on 28 June 1544, was traditionally concerned with hiring agricultural and domestic labourers.

A new addition to the fair will draw on that history this year, with a job market taking place on Waterside on Friday (12th October) between 10am-3pm.

A number of large organisations including local hotels, Job Centre Plus and those with information about apprenticeships, will be represented at the job market.


  • Ricky Gunn

    Very precise about the date of the Mop’s charter. Pity about the king, though. All Edward VI did was allow his name to be put to schools which the protectorate failed to close down. But that was all after his father died in 1547, of course.