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.

Come along to a talk at Bedern Hall on Friday 24 October to find out how the Tuke family from York were involved with education, women’s lib, mental health, industry and commerce. More details are available by clicking on the “Social Events” tab at the top of this page.

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.  

The deadline for receipt of applications for admittance at the next Freedom Courts, to be held at the Guildhall on Monday 6 October 2014 and Thursday 23 October 2014, is 31 July 2014. Applications received after 31 July 2014 will be carried forward to 2015.

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.

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.