© The Gild of Freemen of the City of York
Welcome to the website for the Gild of Freemen of the City of York.
How do I become a Freeman?
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.
As of today (1 March) there are only 12 places left for the Banquet so if you are planning to attend please send your booking form in as soon as possible.
We will have a table at the Family & Local History Fair - Saturday 29 March at Manor CE Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA. 10 am - 4 pm.
NEW! The Sheriff’s Army Event - Saturday 12 April.
A walk around the City Walls and a meal afterwards at Bedern Hall. Please click on the “Social Events” tab above for more details.
New merchandise items are now available for Gild members to order. For photos and a price list please click on the “Merchandise” tab at the top of the page.
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 new group on Facebook, just search for Freemen York or click here.
The York Guilds and Companies are set to return to the streets of York in 2014 as
they present the York Mystery
Plays on waggons at various locations across the city including Dean’s Park (in the shadow of the Minster) and the
For general information on the Freemen of York and the Gild please click here to download a two page leaflet.
Photos from the Freedom Court held in The Guildhall on 4 February 2013.
The Master, Mr Alec Stephenson, with his Consort, Mrs Beryl Stephenson, following the AGM at Bedern Hall on 28 June 2013.