Town Crier toby jug designed by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, from 1992 in a limited edition of 2,500. "Oyez! Oyez!" On hearing this hearty call, derived from the Old Norman French meaning hear ye, the local townsfolk of centuries past rushed to the square since these words heralded the arrival of the Town Crier. With his large bell to attract attention, this important fellow made his public announcements and proclamations, standing before the crowd resplendent in official robes and cocked hat. The tradition of the Town Crier is upheld today and on a warm summer's afternoon, during carnival week or for and official event, the hearty call "oyez" can still be heard in many an English town square.