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.

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.


Coffee Morning on Saturday, 26 April.

Archaeology is Rubbish Talk on Monday, 12 May.  Please click on Social Events tab for full details of these and other forthcoming events.

NEW! The "York Freemen Through The Ages"  booklet by Harry Ward has been updated and expanded to include new chapters and is available for £2 including P&P from:

Brian Hughes

54 South Bank Avenue

York   YO30 5WA.

The York Guilds and Companies are set to return to the streets of York on Sundays 13 and 20 July 2014 as they present the York Mystery Plays on waggons at various locations across the city.  If you can help with selling tickets or showing people to their seats please contact June Smith Parker on 01904 481992 or Email

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.

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.