Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports, &c./Part 2/Custom at Liverpool Fair

CUSTOM AT LIVERPOOL FAIRS.

The fair days are 25th July and 11th November. Ten days before and ten days after each fair day, a hand (or perhaps a glove) is exhibited in front of the town-hall, which denotes protection; during which time no person coming to or going from the town on business connected with the fair can be arrested for debt within its liberty. This custom is noticed in Gore's Directory, but it has long been discontinued, and no such exemption now exists.