is a charter?
Queen Elizabeth granted Corby, or Corbei as it was then known,
a charter in 1585.
The charter contained six rights, which, at the time, were considered
Landowners in Corbei were exempted from:
A tax that was paid to allow local people to feed their pigs on
fallen acorns in Rockingham Forest.
'Murage'. A tax to maintain and build walls at Rockingham Castle.
Corbei men could pass through toll gates throughout England without
having to pay.
Contributing to the expenses of the Member of Parliament for the
The sixth right was for all the local residents. It gave every man
the right to refuse to serve in the local militia.
How did Corbei get its charter?
Historians have long suggested that the granting of the charter
was in return for payment to the reigning monarch. This was common
at the time.
But for the romantics out there, here's another version.
Queen Elizabeth was out hunting with a party in Rockingham Forest,
became lost, and was thrown into a treacherous bog.
She was rescued by villagers from Corbei and said the immortal words:
"Corbei God Bless You".
Queen then granted the village its charter as a thank you.
is the charter incorporated into the fair?
It is not known how or when the charter was incorporated in to the
celebration of the Pole Fair.
Now, the charter is read at the three main entrances to the village
- Church Street, as it was known, the White Hart and in the Jamb
at the start of the day.