Cricklade Christmas Market

The following images were kindly donated by Cricklade Museum:

The Cricklade Christmas Market took a break during the First World War, while one did take place in December 1914, the next one did not happen until 1921. Here are the minutes for the Christmas Market Committee meetings on October 21st 1914 and July 19th 1921, with some quotes below.

Market Minute Book July 1914
Minutes of the Christmas Market Committee meeting held October 21st 1914 at the Vale Hotel

…The question of offering prizes was considered at some length & in view of the war & the probability of a very considerable reduction in the amount of subscriptions there was no prospect of the necessary money being raised. Mr A . J. Sadler proposed & Mr Freeth seconded “that no prizes be offered this year”. (carried)

It was resolved that the Christmas Market be held on the ordinary market day December 15th and that it be advertised for 2 weeks in the Herald & W&G. Standard…


Market Minute Book July 1921
Minutes of the Christmas Market Committee meeting July 19th 1921 at the White Hart Hotel

…The minutes of the last meeting held October 21st 1914 showing a balance in hand of £5.0.7 was read and confirmed.

The question of reviving the Fat-stock show was discussed & on the proposition of Mr W. H. Sadler read by Mr Cuss it was agreed to hold a show on Thursday December 15th next.

Capt Dennis very kindly offered a prize of £5 for a class of the Shorthorn type.

The surviving members of the committee were re-elected…




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