ONCE A YEAR 1970s BRITISH FOLKLORE
Devon Ashburton Ale Tasting Fair
Ashburton Court Leet. Devon 1975
Publican Stanley Kendall and his wife, with empty beer glasses. A sprig of greenery is hung form the door of the pub, to indicate that the ale has been tasted and considered fit for consumption.
A Court Leet was a manorial court that dealt with petty offences in the community and enforced regulations regarding the quality of staples, such as bread and ale. Over the years with the reorganisations of local government, their powers...