Sturbridge fair is of great antiquity. The first trace of it is found in a charter granted about 1211 by King John to the Lepers of the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen at Sturbridge by Cambridge, a fair to be held in the close of the hospital on the vigil and feast of the Holy Cross (see Cornelius Walford’s “Fairs Past and Present,” 1883, p. 54).
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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Stourbridge Common isn't far from the centre of Cambridge (OS Ref TL470600) - it's now quite built up around there, with an industrial estate encroaching ...
'Casterton' in Pepys is now Chesterton; the 'Leper Chapel' is still there and is still used for services occasionally.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.