Fair's roots go back 700 years
HISTORIC Lelant's Charter Fair will celebrate the granting of a charter for the village more than 700 years ago.
In 1296 Edward I recognised the then thriving port of Lelant.
The Royal Charter granted William Bottreaux the privilege of holding a market every Thursday within his manor of La Nant.
It also granted two three-day fairs on the festivals of the Purification and of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, on February 2 and August 15.
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This privilege raised the status of Lelant to that of a market town, a thriving trading community, despite it not even appearing in the Domesday Book 200 years earlier, according to John Culver.
He said: "Today, Lelant may have little importance as a centre of trade and commerce, but we can celebrate its ancient status by enjoying ourselves at this Royal Charter Fair."
The event takes place this Saturday at St Uny Church from noon until 4.30pm.
The Lanner and District Silver Band will provide the music. Light refreshments will be available and there will be a tombola, plant stall, bric-a-brac, and other attractions.