Bartholomew Fair
   A celebrated fair held in West Smithfield at Bartholomewtide, lasting about 14 days. Described by Strype as held in a large tract of ground, with houses in rows in it, and greatly resorted to (ed. 1720, I. iii. 285).
   Privilege of holding it confirmed by Henry I. to the Prior of St. Bartholomew's 1133, the duration to be three days. Afterwards granted to the Mayor and Sir Richard Rich. Occupied the site now known as Cloth Fair.
   The Pie Powder Court was held here to regulate the laws of the Fair, etc.
   Suppressed 1855 as a nuisance.
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   There is an interesting account of the remains of the Priory church, cloisters, etc., in Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. N.S. II. (2), 211 et. seq. B>Bartholomew Place.-East out of Bartholomew Close at No.38 (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Without.
   First mention: Lockie, 1810.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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