1893 text

The old-fashioned custom of sale by auction by inch of candle was continued in sales by the Admiralty to a somewhat late date. See September 3rd, 1662.


This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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CGS  •  Link

Samuell gives a good description of the auction
[Inch of candle]

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Aldermaston ready for candle auction tradition.

A candle auction is to be held at a Berkshire village later. The ceremony, which is held every three years, will see people bidding to lease a local meadow while a candle containing a horse-nail burns. The person with the bid when the nail drops out of the specially-made tallow candle will be declared the winner.

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