Lammas Day…

Since visiting the Hackney Archive, I’ve become intrigued by the old stories of Lammas rights that would have affected Hackney while it was still rural, right up until the the early to mid 19th Century…

The idea that ownership of, or right to use land being tied to the seasons or the stars is an interesting one, because it somehow removes direct control by those with otherwise worldly power – wealth, political standing, etc. Temporal ownership opens up ideas of shared spaces, rather than the overused expression of public/private space, it is the actual right to the space that alters in response to a momentous outer influence.

I produced the following drawing to investigate a particularly important expression of Lammas rights in Hackney’s history…




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