The Last Food of England
Roly Besant continues in a family tradition reaching back many generations. He is a New Forest commoner who enjoys Forest rights, common rights adjacent to the Forest, and manor rights within the Forest. Lawyers have described these distinctions, in place since time out of mind, as 'delicious'. The right to turn out pigs for fallen acorns is called 'mast'. The crop itself is pannage. The pigs appear to be at least half Gloucester Old Spot or Sandy and Black. There is not much of a market for such meat at present, but there has been, and may be again.

South of England January 2006