Thursday, September 18, 2014


Joan with Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court
Joan was honoured to be awarded the Freedom of the City of
London yesterday during a ceremony in The Mansion House  followed by a banquet.. Joan was invited by The Worshipful Company of Glovers to receive the honour.. Thanks to Master Glover Alderman Alison Gowman for these wonderful shots..

Joan & Percy at the banquet with Alison, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens & Alderman Sir Michael Bear among others..

The Declaration

"I do solemnly swear that I will be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second; that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City; that I will maintain the Franchises and Customs thereof, and will keep this City harmless, in that which in me is; that I will also keep the Queen's Peace in my own person; that I will know no Gatherings nor Conspiracies made against the Queen's
Peace, but I will warn the Mayor thereof, or hinder it to my power; and that all these points and articles I will well and truly keep, according to the Laws and Customs of this City, to my power."

Joan with Master Glover Alderman Alison Gowman & Master Elect Ann Esslemont

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today is the granting of the Freedom of the City of London. It is believed that the first Freedom was presented in 1237.
The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term ‘freedom of the City.
From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile. A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards. In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or there was a strong London connection

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