YARNTON MEADOW MOWING RIGHTS OXFORDSHIRE 1970s (4 images)
Yarnton Meadow Mowing Rights 1970s UK. 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...