In 1333, Turton Fair was established on our ground, what was then called Chapel Fields. The celebrations originally started as an all-night service to commemorate the patron saint of the chapel, gradually feasting, drinking, trading and bartering were added until it became a Fair. The tradition continued as Turton Agriculture Fair until 1932.
It was apparently quite notorious in Victorian/Edwardian times. There were at least three, possibly four pubs in the village then and, reputedly, every second house opened up to sell beer and spirits. Thousands came on the train.
Early September just before the season would have started, don't think Dave have would have been pleased with the damage to the pitches!