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Wareham Court Leet
Medieval Tradition kept alive in Wareham!
Wareham Town Hall has one of only two remaining Court Leets in Dorset! A remaining relic of Wareham’s medieval history the court is an early form of “trading standards office” which ensured that the traders gave good measure when brewing ale and fair weight when baking bread.
The Court Leet is still presided over today by the Lord of the Manor of Wareham. It endeavours to uphold the more light hearted traditions and inspects local public houses for their beer, food, chimneys and toilets. The Court meets nightly during the last week in November and two pubs are inspected each night from 7 pm. On the Friday when town clock in Wareham strikes 13 at midday the Court Leet delivers its finding at the town hall, members of the public are welcome to watch.
Dates for Wareham Court Leet are as follows:
Monday 21 November
7:30 pm Wareham Legion Club
9:00 pm The Horse & Groom
Tuesday 22 November
7:30 pm The Duke of Wellington
9:00 pm The Old Granary
Wednesday 23 November
7:30 pm Wareham Conservative Club
9:00 pm The King’s Arms
Thursday 24 November
7:30 pm The Bear
9:00 pm The Quay Inn
Friday 25 November
Court Day in The Council Chamber of Wareham Town Hall