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Forest law was largely implemented through royal itinerant courts called eyres, but local forest courts known as the swainmote or swanimote courts were held twice a year in the spring.

There are few records of the Exmoor manors but their owners would have kept courts once or twice a year, large manors more often. The court baron dealt with tenancies and the court leet with community business such as nuisances and disputes.

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Mary Siraut / Brennan Smith