Towards the end of the 18th century there is no record of a summer fair being held. Instead there were two Fairs, one in the spring and the other in autumn. These appear to have taken the form of local hiring fairs where sheep and cattle were sold and labour hired. John Burgess, a maker of breeches, gloves and harnesses, and ever on the look out for new ways of making money, reveals in his diary his activities and reports on the fair days:
'Tuesday April 5th 1785: Sold nuts and ginger bread &c'
'Monday October 13th 1788: Our Fair was today. Supposed to be about 100 Hogs & not above 4 or 5 Sold'