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Save Pen Meadow for East Ilsley

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Development of East Ilsley\'s only remaining spacious green area in the village centre should not be allowed to happen. The site is known as Pen Meadow and it is here that East Ilsley gained its proud place in English history. East Ilsley village was best known for being host to the largest sheep fair in the country (apart from Smithfield). Its origins can be traced back to the reign of King Henry III, but this small agricultural fair was formalised by Sir Francis Moore, in James I\'s reign. A sheep market was then to be held every Wednesday from Hocktide to St. James\' tide, with an annual fair on Assumption Day. Some years, eighty thousand sheep could be auctioned in a single day at the fair and there were some thirteen pubs or inns in the village to quench the shepherds\' thirst (now only three survive - The Swan, Crown & Horns and The Star). No wonder its alternative name is Market Ilsley. The last proper fair was held in 1934, but it was semi-revived as a village fete in 1975 and continues to this day. Help save our heritage from ruthless profiteering developers.


Residents of East Ilsley do not want to be denied of this last area of pastoral tranquility in the centre of the village. They do not want to lose the village history & heritage to a profiteering developer & certainly do not want to see Pen Meadow built up with low-cost housing units. You can help us, the Save Pen Meadow group, who want to save the Pen Meadow environment for East Ilsey\'s children and their childrens\' futures.


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