Twister fairground ride
Sloe Fair, Chichester.
The earliest record of the holding of a fair in Chichester is the grant by Henry I, about 1107-8, to Ralph, Bishop of Chichester, of a fair to be held for eight days, at a time to be fixed by the Bishop. The date selected was the feast of St. Faith the Virgin, whose cult was strong in the city. The name "Sloe Fair" seems to have been derived from the sloe tree which stood in the field near the North Gate of the city where the fair was held.
Although the form of the fair has varied with time, the tradition of Sloe Fair continues to the present day. On 20 October each year, a large funfair is held in the Northgate car park for one day and Cicestrians enjoy themselves, as in the past. During World War II, a single caravan was parked on the site so that the right to hold Sloe Fair would not lapse.