Presentation on theme: "Pastures of Beverley. There are four pastures in Beverley. The Pastures were given to the people of Beverley to use and enjoy but they also attract tourists."— Presentation transcript:
Pastures of Beverley. There are four pastures in Beverley. The Pastures were given to the people of Beverley to use and enjoy but they also attract tourists. Pasture Masters manage this common land so that they all keep their present state, this is important because farmers need grazing for their animals and for them to be kept in good condition. The beauty of the pastures also attract tourists. The four Pastures are Westwood (I haven't put The Westwood because its actual name is Westwood), Figham, Hurn (you may not know this one but it is in the middle of the race course) and Swinemoor.
What is a Pasture Master? Pasture Masters are caretakers of the four pastures. They employ neatherds (neatherds are people who are skilled in looking after farm animals) to tend the animals, cut the thistles, mend fences etc. The pictures below are scenes of the four pastures.
How to become a Pasture Master. First you must be a Freeman of Beverley but to qualify to be a freeman you must be a son or daughter of a freeman. The law was changed in 2010 so that women could become a freeman. On the first of March each year an election is held to vote in 12 Pasture Masters. Candidates must be Freemen and Pasture Masters can only be elected by Freemen. The election closes when 20 minutes has elapsed from the last vote.
My family’s history. My Grandad, Christopher Thompson, was a Pasture Master for 60 years. He was The Chairman for 40 years and had never missed a meeting in all those 60 years. The position of Pasture Master is voluntary and unpaid. Being a Freeman of Beverley came into our family in 1882 when Christopher Thompson (my Great great Grandad) was sworn in as a Freeman on 23 rd February 1882 after serving 7 years of apprenticeship to John Robinson (Freeman of Beverley.)
My freedom family tree. Christopher Thompson (My Great-Great Grandad) \/ Douglas Thompson (My Great Grandad) \/ Christopher Thompson (My Grandad) \/ Christine Gibbon (My Mum) \/ Tom Gibbon (This is where I will be when I am 21) My Great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Robert Mercer became a freeman on the 5 th of February 1830.