Since 714 AD Stow On Wold is the location for a Gypsy horse fair which has a history for trade and travellers. Stow is located at the convergence of eight railways meaning it was a perfect meeting point for people to trade who were travelling from all around the country. The railways connected Wales, Midlands and the Thames valley, so the influence this place had on trade was very important. Back in the 8th centry when trade and markets were booming Stow would typically be trading salt from Droitwich, Charcoal and iron from the Forest of Dean and fish from The Seven.
In 1107 the abbot of Evesham appealed to Henry 1 in 1107 for official recognition of the market in Stow and it was readily granted. This meant the people of Stow now had the right to hold their market every Thursday this continued fro 800 years and stopped in the 20th century.
1476 a charter for two fairs to take place, one on May 12th and the second on October 24th. These are the dates used for the Gypsy horse fair now.
Today the Gypsy horse fair is held in a big field down the road from the square, it still attracts a lot of people who want to trade but also people like myself, Photographers.