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Greenwich Park: its history and associations . held, and amusements ofalmost every kind were engaged in. Theatrical andwax-work shows were abundant, and even menagerieswere included ; while prize-fighters, thimble-riggers,equestrians, rope-performers, quack doctors, trumpet-blowers, and pickpockets were abundant. Thestalls were arranged principally by the roadsidefrom St. Marys gate of the Park towards the RoyalObservatory, on which trinkets, sweetmeats, andgaudy articles of clothing were exposed for sale. Onthe Observatory and One Tree Hills telescopes wereerected, by which for a few pence di

Greenwich Park: its history and associations . held, and amusements ofalmost every kind were engaged in. Theatrical andwax-work shows were abundant, and even menagerieswere included ; while prize-fighters, thimble-riggers,equestrians, rope-performers, quack doctors, trumpet-blowers, and pickpockets were abundant. Thestalls were arranged principally by the roadsidefrom St. Marys gate of the Park towards the RoyalObservatory, on which trinkets, sweetmeats, andgaudy articles of clothing were exposed for sale. Onthe Observatory and One Tree Hills telescopes wereerected, by which for a few pence di Stock Photo
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Greenwich Park: its history and associations . held, and amusements ofalmost every kind were engaged in. Theatrical andwax-work shows were abundant, and even menagerieswere included ; while prize-fighters, thimble-riggers,equestrians, rope-performers, quack doctors, trumpet-blowers, and pickpockets were abundant. Thestalls were arranged principally by the roadsidefrom St. Marys gate of the Park towards the RoyalObservatory, on which trinkets, sweetmeats, andgaudy articles of clothing were exposed for sale. Onthe Observatory and One Tree Hills telescopes wereerected, by which for a few pence distant objects ofinterest could be viewed—particularly the severalgibbets, with skeletons attached, which as late as1840 were still to be seen on the banks of the river.Beneath the old trees, in secluded parts of the Park,fortune-tellers did a good trade. Tradition says that Queen Elizabeth visitedGreenwich Fair on more than one occasion, ridingon a pillion, and accompanied by her Master of theHorse, Leicester. The people on these occasions. ROYAL SPORTS AND PASTIMES. 23 were in raptures of joy, and in their eagerness to getnear the Queen, thronged her Majesty almost tosuffocation. It is said that on one occasion Leicesterwas obliged to use his whip in order to keep thepeople in bounds. The Horn Fair, which originated near the Park,was so called from the traditional observance handeddown from the time of King John, of this merrymonarchs love-making to a millers wife when on oneof his numerous hunting expeditions at Greenwich.The miller, it is said, caught the King with his wife,and, pretending to be in great fury, was onlyappeased by an offer of all the land he could seein one direction, the King at the same time stipulatingthat the miller once a year—on the 18th of October—should walk to the further bounds of his estate witha pair of bucks horns on his head. To this themiller consented, and being told to look downwards,as the King had no land to dispose of Londonwards,he