These pages have been produced to document the Charter Fairs of 2001 and 2003, when the town celebrated two major dates in Kirkby Stephen’s history.


The first of these fairs marked the granting of the original Market Charter in 1353, the second commemorated the reaffirmation of the Charter in 1605. Both were memorable and fun-filled weekends, steeped in the traditions and culture of the times they reflected, and both events fulfilled their promise of bringing the town’s history vividly to life.


We hope you enjoy browsing through this site. As well a colourful record of two wonderfully entertaining weekends in Kirkby Stephen, there is a wealth of background here for those inspired to delve further into the town’s rich history.


The Kirkby Stephen Charter Fair Committee

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