Sir Benjamin Stone
'The Customs of Corby Pole Fair. Barrier against all Strangers at the entrance to the Village. May 1902'
Corby, Northamptonshire, England
Museum no. E.4555-2000
This fair, held in commemoration of a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1585, still takes place every twenty years. The road is barred and tolls exacted from passers-by. Anyone found not to have paid the toll is carried through the fair on a pole and then placed in stocks.