Raising of The Glove ceremony at Axminster

PUBLISHED: 13:39 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 27 June 2016

The Raising of the Glove ceremony  at Axminster (l to r) Rev Geoffrey Walsh, John Tarling, Nick Goodwin, Jim Rowe and Mayor Paul Hayward. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Raising of the Glove ceremony at Axminster (l to r) Rev Geoffrey Walsh, John Tarling, Nick Goodwin, Jim Rowe and Mayor Paul Hayward. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe reads from King John’s Charter granting the town an eight day fair

Eight days of traditional merrymaking were begun with the ancient ‘raising of the glove’ ceremony at Axminster today (Thursday, June 23).

Crowds gathered on the Minster Green to hear a proclamation by town crier Nick Goodwin before Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe read from King John’s royal charter of 1215, granting the town an annual fair.

He said it was sad occasion this year because of the death of the Vicar Rev John Streeting but he welcomed the Rev Geoffrey Walsh to the cermeony and said he hoped he might consider applying to become the new minister at Axminster.

Mr Rowe also welcomed the new mayor Cllr Hayward and remarked on how well his official robes fitted.

“I wonder if you had to have it taken in after Mr Hull wore it last,” he joked, referring to the previous First Citizen’s more portly frame.

He also welcomed Axminster councillor and former Mayor Andrew Moulding to the proceedings, congratulating him on his election as chairman of Devon County Council.

Also attending was the official Keeper of the Glove, John Tarling.

Securing the ceremonial glove at the top of the church steps, Mr Rowe then gave the traditional proclamation: “The Glove is up, the fair’s begin - let no man be arrested (or hung!) until the glove be down.”

* The Manor of Axminster was held by the Crown until 1204 when King John granted it to William Lord Brewer for an annual rent of £24 and a weekly market on Sundays.

Other milestones were:

1210: Charter for an annual fair is granted.

1215: The hundred of Axminster was granted to William Lord Brewer with an eight day fair on the feast of St John the Baptist.

1227: William Lord Brewer died and the manor and hundred passed to his son, also named William.

1232: William died and the manor and hundred passed to his sister, Alice, who married Reginald de Mohun.

1245: Reginald de Mohun eldest son, also Reginald, was one of the founders of Newenham Abbey and granted the manor and hundred to the abbey.

1246: For nearly 300 years the manor and hundred of Axminster belonged to the Cistercian monks of Newenham Abbey.

1539: The abbey surrendered and the manor reverted to the Crown.

1543: The manor was granted to Catherine Parr, wife of Henry VIII. She died in 1548.

1553: The manor and hundred was granted to Lord Thomas Grey. He was beheaded in 1554 and the manor again reverted to the Crown.

1560: The manor is granted to the fourth Duke of Norfolk.

1572: The Duke of Norfolk was beheaded and the manor was granted to his third son, Lord Williams Howard.

1605: The manor sold to John, Lord Petre and his son Sir William Petre for £7,200.

1824: William, 11th Lord Petre sold the manor to James Alexander Frampton and William Knight for £43,000.

1894: Henry Knight died and was succeeded by his son Major Henry Knight as Lord of the Manor.

1916: Major Henry Knight died and was succeeded by his son Henry Knight who sold the market to Messrs R and C Snell.

1939: Charles Snell became Lord of the Manor.

1965: Frank Rowe became Lord of the Manor.

1994: James Rowe became Lord of the Manor – a title he holds today.


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