Laxton History Group was established in Laxton, Nottinghamshire in December 2008.
Laxton History Group has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's 'Our Heritage' fund for our project “A Snapshot in Time, Laxton in peace and at war (1900 -1920)”. We have written four booklets on different aspects of the village during this period.
There is an associated teaching and Learning pack for Key stages I and II
Click here to read about this exciting project and to download the resulting materials.
Laxton, Notts, is unique in the country in having a surviving medieval open field farming system working a three field rotation managed by the last legally constituted manorial court in the country. The Court Leet appoints a Jury or 'Homage' each year to inspect the fields, roads and waterways of the field system and the findings of are reported to the Court where fines may be levied.
Several of the Laxton farmers who make up the Jury for each field and attend the Court are members of the Group. The farmers are tenants of the Crown Estate and have strips in the open fields as part of their land holding. Their tenancy agreements specify that they keep to the rules of the medieval farming system.
Mark Pierce's 1635 map of Laxton is widely regarded as a very special survival. It is owned by the Bodleian Library in Oxford and has recently been identified as one of its 'Treasures' in an exhibition as the clip below shows:
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Site last updated 25th July 2015