5th Dec, 2016

Sun shines on Henley Court Leet Day

Stratford Editorial 7th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CULTURE and history combined perfectly with glorious sunshine as the annual Henley Court Leet Day went off in style.

The event on Saturday (June 4) began with High Bailiff Norman Kench raising the St George flag at the Market Cross, which was followed by the opening of the artisans’ market in the Jubilee Garden.

The traditional activities of ale tasting at the The Three Tuns and butter weighing were undertaken by the Henley Court Leet and their counterparts from neighbouring towns.

And after receiving a report from Andrew Garden confirming the town’s bounds were secure, the Court Leet also witnessed the duck race on the River Alne.

More than 80 residents then joined the Court for refreshments in the Guildhall Gardens before the High Bailiff concluded the day by thanking his team and all those who attended.

The Court Leet is a relic of Henley’s feudal past – it had jurisdiction over petty offences and civil affairs and was empowered to inflict fines and other punishments.

In the present day, the Court Leet seeks to act as guardian of the history and traditions of the town. It also promotes causes

and activities for the general good of the community.

The now annual event began back in 2007.

All photos courtesy Henley News.