A Barmote Court

The Barmote Court was an early form of industrial court to regulate the local lead trade. One was held in St Oswald's church in 1287.

The Barmote Court still provides clay pipes to members.

The limestone area to the north of Ashbourne has been an important source of lead from Roman times.  In 1287, King Edward 1 called a Barmote, an early form of industrial court, to discuss the control of the local lead trade.  This assembly was held in St Oswald’s Church, which shows the importance of the Town locally at that time.

The Barmote Court continues to this day to regulate local lead mining, although its duties are now mainly ceremonial and it meets in Wirksworth.  The head on the easternmost pillar in the nave of St Oswald's Church is believed to depict King Edward 1.

One of the grandest churches in Derbyshire, with a slender spire of 212 feet. Referred to in the Doomsday book, the present church building dates from the mid 1200's and contains fine stained glass and monuments.

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