The Cattle & The Moor...

The Freemen have exercised their right to graze cows on the Moor from time immemorial, the right to do so having originated prior to the Norman Conquest. The Newcastle upon Tyne Town Moor Act 1988 states that the Stewards Committee shall decide the number of cows, not exceeding 800, which may be grazed. This number is dependant on the conditions and capacity of the areas available for grazing from year to year. In 2018 circa 600 cattle were grazed on the Town Moors.  Read More…

The origins of the Freemen are obscure. At one time they were thought to be linked with the Anglo-Saxons who emigrated to Britain in the fifth century A.D., when the Romans departed.  Read More...

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The organisation survives into modern times as a conservation body, primarily aimed at protecting the many of the parksTown Moors and green spaces for the benefit of the City’s residents. Want to get in touch with us or find out more information?  See Our Contact Details…