The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild was re-formed in 1946, with the assistance of the City of London Freemen’s Guild.
The original Guild was created in the 14th century, but was disbanded by Henry VIII for the religious connections it then held.
The Guild has civic, moral, charitable and social responsibilities.
It is non-political, non-sectarian and religiously impartial.
The Guild is officially recognised by the City of Coventry Council.
The Master of the Guild and one other representative have a place in the order of civic processions in Coventry.
Every newly admitted Freeman is invited to join the Guild and thus have the opportunity to keep in touch with all matters relative to the affairs of the Freemen of the City of Coventry.
In Coventry the only way a person can become a Freeman is by “servitude”, that is by completing an indentured apprenticeship within the City of Coventry. This is unique in the country, as other cities introduce their candidates by redemption (payment) or by patrimony (hereditary father to son or in some cases father or mother to daughter).