|Fritillaria Meleagris at North Meadow NNR, Cricklade.|
|Snakeshead Fritillaries at North Meadow NNR, Cricklade.|
Lammas tenure is a fascinating part of our history. The landowner – usually the Lord of the Manor – divides the land into “lots” and the hay rights are sold to local farmers who harvest the hay in their allotment. After the harvest the meadow then becomes common pasture and certain commoners are entitled to graze the entire meadow.
At our own North Meadow some of the original boundary stones for the lots are still visible.
|Boundary Stone at North Meadow, Cricklade.|
- Lammas day is 12th August when commoner grazing rights begin.
- Grazing ceases at around Candlemas, at the beginning of February, when the meadow is laid up for hay.