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.

Gild Newsletters and Booking Forms are now available by clicking on “Gild Information” and then “Gild Newsletters”.

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 are required for Bootham and Walmgate 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.

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At the Gild AGM at Bedern Hall on 29th June 2018 a cheque for £1,148.70 was presented to Carolynn Blain of York Blind and Partially Sighted Society.

Photograph taken by Paul Colbeck.