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Harry Ward II


In tribute to Harry Ward, our Founder President, and as a sequel to his seminal tome "Freemen in England", it was a long-held hope that a sequel volume affectionately dubbed "Harry Ward 2" would be added some day to bring some of the potted Guild and Town histories up to date.

For much has changed in the intervening years, and, in fact, during the gathering of contributions from our member Guilds, things continued to change so much so that in many cases no sooner had scripts been submitted they had to be amended.

The task of collecting and collating all of this information was undertaken by Alan Robson, Freeman of Newcastle Upon Tyne and one time President of this Association.

Alan Robson
President ~ Freemen of England & Wales
1999 ~ 2002

The work has never been published, due to the transitory nature of some of the texts, but it has all been safely stored whilst we debate whether it should be put into print, or burned onto a CD for members to enjoy.

With the website now well established it has been decided to place the information here, safe in the knowledge that any errors, or up-dates may be quickly put right or enacted.

That also includes typographical or grammatical errors, these articles have been added without any editing following receipt.

So here follows an index of all the towns referred to, and to whose Guilds we are indebted for providing the information for mutual benefit.

We also extend our appreciation to Tony Sharp for providing the images of the various Guild, Craft Company, Court Leet and Town emblems.

Information will follow shortly...unless you find a badge with a blue border, in which case just "double-click" and the information will open up in a new window to view or save, (or print) as you wish.

Alcester Court Leet

Alcester Court Leet

Alnwick 

Alnwick

Altrincham Court Leet

Altrincham Court Leet

Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick upon Tweed

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Bristol

Bristol

Cardiff

Cardiff

Carlisle

Carlisle

Chester

Chester

Colchester

Colchester

Coventry

Coventry

Durham

Durham

Freeminers of the Forest of Dean 

Freeminers of the Forest of Dean

Gloucester

Gloucester

Great Grimsby Guild     Grimsby Freemen's Craft Company     Grimsby Borough Crest

Great Grimsby

Hale

Hale

Haverfordwest 

Haverfordwest

Henley in Arden

Henley in Arden Court Leet

Hungerford

Hungerford

Lancaster

Lancaster

Laugharne

Laugharne

Leicester     Leicester Deputies

Leicester

Lichfield

Lichfield

Lincoln

Lincoln

Llantrisant

Llantrisant

London City

London City

Malmesbury

Malmesbury

Newcastle under Lyme

Newcastle under Lyme

Newcastle Upon Tyne Crest     Newcastle upon Tyne Guild     Scriveners     Hostmens Pewterers     Trinity House

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newport

Newport

Northampton

Northampton

Norwich

Norwich

Oxford

Oxford

Pembroke

Pembroke

Preston

Preston

Richmond

Richmond

Rochester

Rochester Oyster and Floating Fisheries

Shrewsbury     Shrewsbury Seal     Shrewsbury Drapers

Shrewsbury

Southwark Guildable Manor

Guildable Manor of Southwark Court Leet

Stafford

Stafford

Sudbury

Sudbury

Warwick

Warwick Court Leet

Winchelsea

Winchelsea

York Gild

York