|Where:||Tatworth, Somerset at the Poppe Inn on Axminster Road|
|When:||Tuesday after 6th April|
Stowell Mead is a pasture at Tatworth in Somerset and the right to use it is contested annually at the Candle Auction. A short candle is lit on a board hung from the pub ceiling – the highest bidder before the flame goes out wins the field for the year. It takes around 20 minutes and a traditional supper follows of bread, cheese and watercress. The custom dates back to the early nineteenth century when local farmers set up the Stowell Court to regulate landuse in the area following the enclosure of common land.
This is a strictly private event open to Members of the Court only; however, interested visitors may be admitted by prior arrangement. Don’t just turn up expecting to be let in!
In 2017 it will be on Tuesday 11th April.
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