Seal to charter for fairs and markets for the Town of Bishops Lydiard, Somersetshire
Artist: B, T
Medium: Ink wash on paper
This is a drawing of a wax seal to a charter granting market rights to the town of Bishops Lydeard (once 'Lydiard'). The seal shows the king sitting on his throne with his symbols of office, and surrounded by pinnacled canopies and heraldic crests. The charter to hold a market in the manor was given in 1291 by Edward I to the owner, the Bishop of Wells. It allowed the weekly holding of a Monday market and two six-day fairs. The original charter is now displayed at the back of the parish church.