Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION? 750 YEARS OF TOLLS, TITHES AND TAXES

2012 sees a number of projects in Wigton to commemorate and celebrate the town's Market Charter, granted in 1262 to Baron Walter de Wigton by Henry III. From the point of view of many ordinary folks- both traders and customers- this might not have been good news: we have no records of whether Sir Walter kept good order and enabled fair trading in his market in exchange for the tolls and taxes which the King's charter enabled him to collect. 

Some of these issues will no doubt come up in the proposed drama to be staged by Wigton Players at the town's John Peel Theatre at the end of May. Members of North Cumbria Scriptwriters are working closely with some of the Players to produce a light-hearted  romp through the 750 years of Wigton's past since the Charter was granted.




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