Yarnton Meadow Mowing Rights. Eddie Harris Meadows Man, and farmer at Paternoster Farm, Yarnton, cutting initials in turf to signify who owns the land for the coming year. William Carter who looks after the steam train at  Paternoster Farm (centre with sticks).<br />
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Under a system that dates back to medieval times, the meadows of Pixey, Oxhay and West Mead were divided into 13 lots. An auction was held for the rights to the hay from the meadows on the first Monday after St Peter’s Day (June 29) and then the business of deciding exactly who could mow where was decided by drawing 13 balls from a bag.<br />
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The last time this ceremony took place in its traditional way apparently, was in 1978: the hay auction was held at The Grapes pub (now The Turnpike) and the drawing of balls happened the next day at the meadows.
YARNTON MEADOW MOWING RIGHTS OXFORDSHIRE
Yarnton Meadow Mowing Rights. Eddie Harris Meadows Man, and farmer at Paternoster Farm, Yarnton, cutting initials in turf to signify who owns the land for the coming year. William Carter who looks after the steam train at Paternoster Farm (centre with sticks).

Under a system that dates back to medieval times, the meadows of Pixey, Oxhay and West Mead were divided into 13 lots. An auction was held for the rights to the hay from the meadows on the first Monday after St Peter’s Day (June 29) and then the business of deciding exactly who could mow where was decided by drawing 13 balls from a bag.

The last time this ceremony took place in its traditional way apparently, was in 1978: the hay auction was held at The Grapes pub (now The Turnpike) and the drawing of balls happened the next day at the meadows.

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