Welcome to Alcester Court Leet
What does the Alcester Court Leet do today?
- Maintains the traditions and ceremonies that have been particular to the area of Alcester over the last 700 years
- Organises and participates in many events for the benefit of the community of Alcester
- Raises funds for distribution to local organisations and charities.
Ceremoniously dressed officers can be seen participating in, or re-enacting their ancient roles at events throughout the year, bringing to people today glimpses of Alcester’s colourful past.
Crying in the new High and Low Bailiffs
(front l – r) Low Bailiff , Town Crier and High Bailiff
(back l – r) Immediate Past Bailiff, Ale Taster and Constable
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Alcester Court Leet has a new High Bailiff for 2023/24 – Martin Burden
How did the Court Leet begin? The Court Leet originated in England in the Court Baron, a Court authorised by the King and presided over by the Baron or landowner. It mainly dealt with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villeins (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor or Baron.
Who are the members of the Alcester Court Leet? The current Lord of the Manor is the Most Honourable Henry Jocelyn Seymour Marquess of Hertford. Members of the Court Leet are all persons who have formally sworn the ancient Oath of Frankpledge. New members automatically become Jurymen of the Court. Court Leet Officers are elected annually from and by the Jurymen at a ceremony held each October in Alcester Town Hall. Elected officers wear the traditional ceremonial robes of their office on all formal Court occasions.