Bideford's ancient court

BIDEFORD residents are being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements. The town's centuries-old Manor Court ceremony takes place in the town hall on March 21. The ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bri

BIDEFORD residents are being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements.The town's centuries-old Manor Court ceremony takes place in the town hall on March 21.The ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bring issues before the Lords of the Manor for consideration. Nowadays, their ideas or "presentments" are put to the town council, which has an obligation to consider them.Anyone living in the parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a presentment for consideration should do so by March 12. The envelope should be sent to the town hall and marked for the attention of the Manor Steward.The presentments will be considered by a chosen jury of 12 town residents and the most feasible will be presented to the court at its colourful ceremony.


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