Welcome

Town Criers introduced by the Normans to relay news to the people.

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.

 

Cricklade Court Leet Town Crier leads visitors on a guided walk of North Meadow NNR

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 information about local landmarks.

Upcoming Events

 

Beating the Bounds

Date: 1st May 2020

Location: To be advised

Beating the Bounds (2) May19

The next Beating of the Bounds will be May 2020 more details soon.

Recent Posts

 

Court Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow

Cricklade Court Leet is delighted to have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of £33, 400 for North Meadow ....
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Court Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow

Dorothy Bloxham – Special Presentation

The High Bailiff of Cricklade, Clive Smith, made a special presentation to Cricklade resident Dorothy Bloxham, who celebrated her 100th...
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September meadow flowers

A great morning on the meadow, so many flowers to see. (more…)
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September meadow flowers

North Meadow Grazing Started On Monday 9th September

Conservation grazing, which is so important to the management of North Meadow, started on Monday this week. Twenty two cows...
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North Meadow Grazing Started On Monday 9th September

Grazing North Meadow

Members of the Court Leet have been preparing North Meadow for grazing in the last 2 weeks. This involves the...
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Grazing North Meadow

Pasture Pumps

North Meadow has been  managed as Lammas land for hundreds of years, a hay crop is grown from 12th February...
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Pasture Pumps

Hay Cut Started on Thursday 27th June

The hay cut started early this year to help to reduce the nutrient levels on the meadow. Nutrient levels have...
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Hay Cut Started on Thursday 27th June

Cricklade Court Leet on TV August 24th 2016.

  Channel 4 "Rivers" with Jeremy Paxman visited Cricklade on this day to record an episode of series for broadcasting...
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Cricklade Court Leet on TV  August 24th 2016.

Lighting of the Cricklade Jubilee Beacon – 2012

Left to Right: Chris Atkins (Town Crier), Cathy Atkins, Clive Smith (High Bailiff) The Manorial Court for the Hundred and...
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Lighting of the Cricklade Jubilee Beacon – 2012

Presentation of the Court’s Yard Stick in 1991

Ralph Neeld, Lord of the Manor, receives the court's measure from Mary Baker. Ralph Neeld, Lord of the Manor being...
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Presentation of the Court’s Yard Stick in 1991