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.


The deadline for receipt of applications, for admittance at the next Freedom Court to be held on Monday 5 October 2015, is Friday 31 July 2015.  Please click here for an application form.

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.  The closing date for inclusion in the book’s list of subscribers is 31 July.

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 £1,606 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance during Mrs Maureen Eland’s year as Master (2014-2015) and Mr Bob Smailes attended the AGM to receive a cheque from the Gild of Freemen of the City of York.

The Master, Mrs Hazel Hague (left), with the immediate Past Master, Mrs Maureen Eland, at the AGM on 26 June 2015.