History of the Court
Cricklade Court Leet has been part of the Cricklade community since the formation of Manorial Courts following the Norman Conquest which started at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Today, the Cricklade Court is one of only 32 courts remaining in the UK.
Our Role Today
The Cricklade Court has a continuing role in the management of the common lands of Cricklade; which includes the appointment of a Hayward; and the management of the grazing on North Meadow National Nature Reserve.
The Cricklade Court works closely with Natural England on the management and conservation of this National Nature Reserve. Natural England have owned and managed this site since the 1970s. The Natural England leaflet on North Meadow explains in more detail.
The Cricklade Court Leet became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2018 and has 25 volunteer members who are involved in many of the Town’s activties in addition to conservation work on North Meadow National Nature Reserve. The Cricklade Town Council website has a map of Cricklade, giving information about local landmarks.
Sadly the commemoration event VE75 planned for Friday 8th May has been cancelled.
The Beating the Bounds walk on Sunday 17th May has been cancelled.
An exciting Moth and Butterfly course suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience. Tutored by David Brown a leading specialist on this subject and the County Recorder for Warwickshire. David runs many courses for the Field Studies Council, Warwickshire and Birmingham Universities.
Find out more about the beautiful plants that grow on North Meadow. Tutored by David Gowing who has carried out research on North Meadow for 25 years. David is the Professor of Botany at the Open University. This course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about lowland hay meadows and develop their plant identification skills.
For anyone who wishes to acquire the basic skill of scything for the management of their own grassland or reserve. Tutored by Richard Brown who is a founding member and Chair of the Scything Association of Britain and Ireland.