|Where:||Barking, Essex at St Margaret's Church|
|When:||Weekday in late May/early June|
Ann Nepton set up a charitable trust in the seventeenth century to make an annual payment to the poor and needy of Barking in Essex and her generous legacy continues today, organised and administered by the Worshipful Company of Poulters. After the distribution of the money to the many local recipients in church, the party dressed in fine regalia gather outside with the clergy around the table tomb of Ann and her husband Thomas. Prayers are said and a wreath is laid in their memory. A supper follows that evening for ticket holders only, but anyone can attend the Distribution (though don’t expect a crowd as it’s little-known outside the parish).
The ceremony usually takes place during the first week in June, though this varies a little from year to year. In 2016 it was on Tuesday 31st May – 2017 date is yet to be announced.
Click here for the Poulters’ website: http://www.poulters.org.uk
Click here for the church website: http://www.stmargaretsbarking.org
Click here for a first-hand account: https://traditionalcustomsandceremonies.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/custom-survived-the-nepton-distribution-barking/
Thanks to Ross Parish for news of this survival!
Photo by Diamond Geezer
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