We are very grateful for the support of the Town and Manor for the Visual Arts Trail and Literary Festival
Who are the Town and Manor
We are a charity, run by elected trustees with a small supporting staff, here to protect the Commoners’ rights and the lands and rivers of the Town & Manor of Hungerford.
The Commoners’ ancient rights date back to the 14th Century, and are administered by the Hocktide Court made up of trustees, appointed by the jury from eligible Commoners. The Hocktide Court sits in the spring of each year, on the second Tuesday after Easter.
The officers of the Hocktide Court include the Constable, Portrieve, Bailiff, 4 Tutti Men, 10 Water Bailiffs, 10 Overseers of the Common, 3 Keepers of the Keys to the Common Coffer, 2 Ale Tasters, a Bellman, Blacksmith and an Orangeman. See below for who does what.
A Steward, who is normally not a Commoner, is appointed to run the Court to ensure justice and fair play.