The Gild of Freemen of the City of York
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Welcome to the website for the Gild of Freemen of the City of York.


One of our Gild members, Peter Stanhope, is in the process of writing a book "Quaint and Historic York Remembered" about the life and work of the Victorian/Edwardian York architect and artist Edwin Ridsdale Tate. If you would like to order a copy of the book, which will be published later this year, please click here for details.

How do I become a Freeman?

Patrimony (birthright)
All the children of a Freeman of the City of York are eligible once they reach the age of 21. Alternatively a claim may be made through a grandparent, great grandparent or great great grandparent (whether living or dead).

To become a Freeman by servitude a candidate needs to be accepted as an apprentice to a master craftsman for five years. The master craftsman himself is required to be a Freeman of York.  

Please click on the Freemen tab above for more information.

Pasture Masters wanted for Walmgate and Monk Strays!  Please click on the “Strays of York” tab under “Freemen” for more details.

Why not join our group on Facebook, just search for Freemen York or click here.

For general information on the Freemen of York and the Gild please click here to download a two page leaflet.

For information about York’s walls please visit the Friends of York Walls website.

A total of £2,132.50 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society during Mr Alec Stephenson’s year as Master (2013-2014) and Julie Lee from the Alzheimer’s Society attended the AGM to receive a cheque from the Gild of Freemen of the City of York.

The Master, Mrs Maureen Eland, with her Consort, Mr John Eland, following the AGM at Bedern Hall on 27 June 2014.