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Weyhill is a village, 2.5 miles (3.8 km) west of Andover, Hampshire. It sits within the civil parish of Penton Grafton, which includes the village of the same name. The village is famous of having a medieval fair and then livestock fair, with up to 100,000 sheep a day being auctioned. The fair came to be, due to Weyhill being positioned on 8 ancient trackways, including the Harrow Way.The fair has been held on the site since 11th century, with the first written records from 1225. The historic Weyhill Fairground was the site used by Thomas Hardy in his book The Mayor of Casterbridge where Michael Henchard sells his wife. Hardy called it Weydon Priors. By the mid-19th century the fair had stopped attracting large crowds, as communication and business changed, reducing the variety of items for sale. The last fair happened in 1957. The parish council bought the fairground after it fell into disrepair and converted it into small independent craft studios and shops in 2005.Previously there was a railway station between 1882 and 1961.
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