Photos of Newcastle

Old Photos of The Hoppings


The Hoppings is a popular fair in the North East of England, held in the last full week of June every year on Newcastle's Town Moor, spanning around 40 acres of land.

The Hoppings started out as a Temperance Festival in 1882, when Newcastle Temperance organisations decided to revive the annual gatherings that they had previously held, but included different festivities to coincide, to counter-attract the 'Summer Race Meeting' at Gosforth Park, which was seen as a source of drunkenness.

It proved to be a great success and the fair is still being enjoyed to this very day.


All of the following photographs are owned by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and reproduced here under a Creative Commons License.


I Guess Your Age - Hoppings
Lee Bennett guessing a woman's age at his 'I Guess Your Age' attraction at the Hoppings. 1940's.





Culine's Rodeo - Hoppings
People enjoying themselves at 'Culine's Rodeo', watching their family and friends take part in the ride at the Hoppings. 1940's.





Hoppings Attractions
Onlookers at one of the attractions held at the Hoppings on the Town Moor. 1940's.





Olga Rich - Hoppings
Olga Rich at her 'Mickey Mouse' juvenile ride at the Hoppings. 1940's.





Lee Bennett - Hoppings
Lee Bennett guessing people's ages at his 'I Guess Your Age' attraction at the Hoppings. 1952.





Queuing for Rides at the Hoppings
Newcastle Town Moor 1952, people queuing for the rides at the Hoppings.





Elisa Stewart - Hoppings
Believed to be Elisa Stewart performing at the Hoppings, Newcastle. 1940's.





Hoppings Performance
Attractions at the Hoppings fair in Newcastle. 1952.





Drumming at the Circus - Hoppings
Performers of all descriptions came to the Hoppings to entertain the people of Newcastle. 1940's.





Wonders of the East - Hoppings
'Wonders of the East' performers entertain the public at the Hoppings. 1940's.





The Haunted Castle - Hoppings
The Haunted Castle' attraction at the Hoppings festival in Newcastle.





Pinder's Big Zoo Circus - Hoppings
1938 'Pinder's Big Zoo Circus Show' at the Hoppings.





Pinder's - Hoppings
1938 'Pinder's Big Zoo Circus Show' at the Hoppings.





Gilbert Chadwick - Hoppings
Gilbert Chadwick at Newcastle's Town Moor Fair (Hoppings) in 1945.





Moon Rocket - Hoppings
View of the 'Moon Rocket' attraction at the Hoppings in Newcastle, June 1945.





Barbara Chadwick - Hoppings
Barbara Chadwick posing for the camera at the Hoppings at Town Moor. 1940s.





Mickey Mouse Juvenile Ride -Hoppings
Olga Rich at her 'Mickey Mouse' juvenile ride at the Hoppings. 1940's.





Henry Wharton - Hoppings
Henry Wharton at the Hoppings in Newcastle. 1940's.





Rotor - Hoppings
People observing the attraction 'Rotor, People like Flies on the Wall'. 1940's.





Swing ride - Hoppings
People enjoying themselves on the swing ride held at the Hoppings fair in Newcastle. 1940's.





Brooches at Hoppings
Two woman selling brooches at the Hoppings for 6d. (2 ½p in today's money). 1940's.





Jack Powell - Hoppings
Jack Powell standing by his van at the Hoppings. 1940's.





Ghostbuster ride at the Hoppings, 1986
Ghostbuster ride at the Hoppings, 1986. Photograph by Jimmy Forsyth.





Madame Smith Caravan at the Hoppings, 1986
Madame Smith Caravan at the Hoppings, 1986. Photograph by Jimmy Forsyth.





Children's Waltzer ride at the Hoppings, 1990
Children's Waltzer ride at the Hoppings, 1990. Photograph by Jimmy Forsyth.





View of the Hoppings, 1990
View of the Hoppings, 1990. Photograph by Jimmy Forsyth.





See my more recent photos of The Hoppings:
Town Moor - The Hoppings - 2005/10
Town Moor - The Hoppings - 2011
Town Moor - The Hoppings - 2012


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