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Quit Rents ceremony, Royal Courts of Justice, London
The ancient ceremony of Quit Rents taking place in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. The paying of quit rents by the Corporation of the City of London to the King (or Queen) is an annual ceremony dating back to 1235. It is shown here taking place at the Law Courts, where the City Solicitor handed to the King's Remembrancer two faggots, six horseshoes and 61 horseshoe nails. In the photograph the City Solicitor is cutting the faggots with a hatchet. Some of the spectators are amused, while others seem to find it distasteful.
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