Signs & Marks

Seasonal No
Fixture Temporary
Physical Scale Small
Experiential Scale Medium
Geographical Scale Local

Before the rides arrive, the preparation of the site for involves the careful setting out of the locations for each ride and attraction. Some setting-out marks are permanently fixed to or painted on the surfaces of the host town, but remain more or less invisible to the eyes of its citizens.

setting out activities could take up to three weeks, projecting the fair layout onto the surface from an overlay at 'head height.' The preparation of this layout attempted to exert control and maintain architectural order through the geometrical set up of markers, paths and plots. It also acknowledges, and in parts makes explicit reference to, past positions of certain rides and the accrued Showmen’s rights over these sites.

Many setting-out points for the fair are permanently marked on fairground sites, although they remain 'invisible' to most citizens.

Permanent markings setting out the extend of fair pitches.

Permanent marking with pitch number, cross referenced by Fairs Officer and Showmen to the agreed Fair Layout Plan

Permanent marking with pitch number, cross referenced by Fairs Officer and Showmen to the agreed Fair Layout Plan. As with many markings, this examples indicates many years of overpainting.

Permanent marking with pitch number, cross referenced by Fairs Officer and Showmen to the agreed Fair Layout Plan. As with many markers, this shows signs of many years of overpainting.

In the weeks leading up to the Fair, warning notices from the City Council appear around town in various forms. Here, advance notice is given that bike racks (and any bikes attached) will be removed for the fair.

Permanent setting out markings are supplemented in the immediate lead-up to the event with temporary markings such as these, showing the (rear) fair line.

The boundary fence between Newcastle Town Moor and the Great North Road (once the A1) is used as a permanent point of reference to help divide the adjacent section of the Moor (where the Hoppings is held) into zones. Fence markings also indicate the locations of water points (WP) and other miscelaneous locations.