Yarnton Meadow Mowing Rights. Auction of the land at the Grapes Inn Yarnton Oxfordshire Uk. Monday 1 July 1974 6pm. Local farmers and the estate agent from Franklin and Jones who were established in 1821 and have been taking the auction since then. <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  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.
GRAPES INN YARNTON OXFORDSHIRE UK 1970S
Yarnton Meadow Mowing Rights. Auction of the land at the Grapes Inn Yarnton Oxfordshire Uk. Monday 1 July 1974 6pm. Local farmers and the estate agent from Franklin and Jones who were established in 1821 and have been taking the auction since then.

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 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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Date: 27 Jan 2014
Location: Yarnton Oxfordshire UK
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