|St Matthews Fair has been held in Bridgwater, Somerset since 1249 opening traditionally on the last Wednesday in September for four days. Originally a sheep fair it is now one of the most important dates in the travelling showmen's calendar. Guy Belshaw recalls the fair's history with photos of the showmen, their rides, stalls, vehicles all supported by a well researched text. 88p. 80+ b/w ill. s/b.