On 23rd June 2012 Cheapside returned to its origins as Britain’s oldest High Street by hosting a medieval Street Fayre as part of the Celebrate the City event held by the City of London Corporation and the Diocese of London. Livery companies were invited to demonstrate their skills and professions, helping to explain the role they played in developing the City as a centre of commerce.
The Farriers welcomed this opportunity to demonstrate their ancient trade. Robin May kindly provided 2 horses, one to be shod and one as companion. They both behaved beautifully, calmly tugging on their haynets as if they were in their stables at home. Wayne Upton, Robin and Stephen Hill also brought vans, shoeing equipment and displays of horseshoes.
Wayne also demonstrated his exceptional cake making skills, and provided a delicious selection for us all to enjoy. Les Armstrong provided specially prepared lead bars and helped the children who attended the event to make their own horse shoes.
The event was well supported by the Livery, and a good number of apprentices came along to demonstrate their skills and interact with the public. One apprentice in particular proved himself to be an exceptional salesman, making a major contribution to the sales of "lucky horse shoes", which raised over £300 for the Charitable Trust.
The public responded with great interest and enthusiasm, and had lots of questions for the Farriers and apprentices. The crowds that assembled around our display were left in no doubt that Farriery continues to be a flourishing trade in the 21st Century.