Date set for ancient ceremony

Date: 18 May, 2017

5347_Date_set_for_ancient_ceremonyAn historic court will take place in July to enrol Freemen of the Borough.

Candidates are to be invited to attend a special court at the Civic Centre, Stafford for the ceremony, which will make them a ‘Burgess’.

People can apply if they can prove they are a descendent of a Burgess or served an apprenticeship or nationally recognised qualification - such as an NVQ level 3, or degree in Stafford Borough - and then practised the skills obtained in the area for at least two years.

As part of the ceremony all the applicants will be asked to take an ancient oath and pay five pence to the Mayor’s Sergeant.

The court is due to take place on Thursday 13 July with the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Aidan Godfrey.

The role dates back to the 17th century and allowed the title holder to vote for a member of parliament. Today, as well as having your name entered on the official ‘roll,’ it entitles a Burgess to an allotment at Coton Fields in Stafford.

A transcript of the charter given by King John to the Freemen of Stafford as well as other information can be found on the Stafford Freemen’s Guild website at

To apply to attend this court contact or call 01785 619196 by Friday 30 June.

Press Release No 5347

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