Every year there was a Hiring Fair held in the Market Square. Men and women stood in groups according to their occupations. They used to wear items in their lapels like scissors, needle and thread, or woven straw to identify their skills as domestic servants or agricultural workers.
.People who needed workers would go up to them and discuss wages and working conditions.
(Sources: Young, R. (1996), 'St Neots Past', Phillimore