Aldermaston Candle Auction, Berkshire, England 1974. Fr L-R , C. W. 'Bill' Cox, churchwarden, Dr Allibone, who is Lord of the Manor. The Rev'd Ross Stone and  Major General Benson,churchwarden. The auction takes place every three years. (Names thanks to Dave Shirt)<br />
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In 1974, the traditional hot run punch was not served, just hot punch. A tallow candle made by Dr Allibone in 1962 was used, an inch is burnt each year. A pin or horse shoe nail is inserted just below the wick, and bidding continues until it falls out. The last bid before this happens secures the lease on Church Acre for three years. The sum being bid represents annual rent. A record bid of £50-50 was recorded in 1974. The Church Acre is in fact 2 acre, 1 rod, 33 poles and is situated just beyond Fisherman Cottage. The renting goes back to at least 1801 when the successful bid was £7-00. There after is has been rented for varying periods, 1 yr, 6 yrs and 7 yrs. Since 1866 it has always been rented for a 3 yr period. the present Church Acre was an award under the Inclosure's Act of 1811 which became effective in 1815.What ground was auctioned before that is unknown, but probably part of the Common.<br />
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(from my 1974 notes, the candle is good at least until 2000.)
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Aldermaston Candle Auction, Berkshire, England 1974. Fr L-R , C. W. 'Bill' Cox, churchwarden, Dr Allibone, who is Lord of the Manor. The Rev'd Ross Stone and Major General Benson,churchwarden. The auction takes place every three years. (Names thanks to Dave Shirt)

In 1974, the traditional hot run punch was not served, just hot punch. A tallow candle made by Dr Allibone in 1962 was used, an inch is burnt each year. A pin or horse shoe nail is inserted just below the wick, and bidding continues until it falls out. The last bid before this happens secures the lease on Church Acre for three years. The sum being bid represents annual rent. A record bid of £50-50 was recorded in 1974. The Church Acre is in fact 2 acre, 1 rod, 33 poles and is situated just beyond Fisherman Cottage. The renting goes back to at least 1801 when the successful bid was £7-00. There after is has been rented for varying periods, 1 yr, 6 yrs and 7 yrs. Since 1866 it has always been rented for a 3 yr period. the present Church Acre was an award under the Inclosure's Act of 1811 which became effective in 1815.What ground was auctioned before that is unknown, but probably part of the Common.

(from my 1974 notes, the candle is good at least until 2000.)

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