Definition of stannary court in English:

stannary court


British historical
  • A legal body for the regulation of tin miners in the stannaries.

    • ‘Chagford was made a Stannary town in 1305, and had a stannary court for regulating tin mining operations.’
    • ‘It is to the tinners and their stannary courts that responsibility for this harsh justice lies.’
    • ‘It housed the Town Hall, magistrates and stannary courts, police offices and cells and the fire brigade.’
    • ‘The Duke may rule on matters, but rulings by the stannary courts were independent to any powers held at Westminster.’
    • ‘It is noted that stannary courts were abolished under the Stannaries Court Act 1896.’