A general assembly (*moot) of the people (folk) of a town in King Alfred's time; but esp. of London where it was (probably) the city's oldest institution and its first in dignity. It was summoned by ringing the great bell of St Paul's Cathedral. Sessions were held at *Michaelmas, Christmas and Midsummer - save for occasions of emergency. It was the place for declarations of outlawry. The meeting was in open space a little to the north-east of St Paul's Cathedral. [< OldEngl. folcgemot] -

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