How to Join the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild


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Becoming a member of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild

In order to join in the Guild activities and events, you need to become a member of The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild.

All Freemen of Coventry are eligible to join the Guild. If you are not already a Freeman of Coventry please follow this link to find out if you are eligable to become a Freeman of Coventry.

How to become a Freeman of the City of Coventry >

The annual subscription rates as a Member of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild are £15 per year (reduced to only £8 for retired Freemen)

You will find a link to download the application form (in pdf and doc format) below. Please download one of these forms, print it out and complete it. Then you can send the completed form to the Guild Membership Secretary, as an email attachment, after you have scanned your completed form back into your computer (the email address for the Membership Secretary is on the form). If you prefer to send your application form by post please send the Membership Secretary an email in order to obtain his postal address. If you decide to apply by post, you can send a cheque for one years membership with your postal application. If you apply by email please ask the Membership Secretary for details of paying by BACS (Bankers’ Automated Clearing Services).

Coventry Freemen’s Guild Membership Form – pdf

Coventry Freemen’s Guild Membership Form – doc

Please note: there are no reduced costs for joining the Guild part way through a year.


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14 thoughts on “How to Join the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild

  1. For the attention of Keith Talbot
    I have been told that “Freeman of the City” people are eligible for extra pension
    I served my apprenticeship at Roll-Royce plc in Coventry at the Parkside works between 1970 to 1975.
    I received my “Freemanship” from Councillor Clews who was the Lord Mayor in 1975
    I am still working at Rolls-Royce Ansty and this August I will have done 44 years service.
    My birth date is 16th February 1954 so will be 60 years old this week.
    Can you advise if I am eligible for the extra pension ( I am told it is an extra £200 per year) and if so how do I apply?
    Steven Fretwell
    Mobile: 07761839305
    3, Royston Close
    CV3 2SR

    • Hi Carl, an application form (both in .doc and .pdf format) is winging its way to you as an email attachment and I have asked our Membership Secretary to look out for your application.
      Steve Morson, (Senior Warden and Chamberlain).

  2. Could you please send me an application form to join the Guild, I served a full Technician Apprenticeship Coventry Climax Ltd and duly certified and sworn in as a freeman in 1972.

    Many thanks

    John Montgomery

    • Hi John,
      I have attached a copy of the application form to join The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild (in .doc and .pdf format) and sent this to your email address. Could you please print off a copy of this form, complete it and send it (with a cheque) to the Guild Membership Secretary (address as stated on my email). I will look forward to seeing you at a Guild function or event in the near future. Very best wishes, Steven Morson (Senior Warden and Chamberlain)

  3. Good morning.
    I served my apprenticeship at Bristol Siddeley Engines 1959 to 1964.
    Most of the 5 years was spent at Ansty, (rather than Parkside, Coventry).
    For the above reason I was informed that I could NOT become a freeman of the city.
    Would you please confirm.
    John Claridge

    • Dear John Claridge
      It may be the case that you would still qualify to become a Freeman of the City of Coventry if your “Master” resided within the boundary of the City of Coventry. In other words, was the head office of Bristol Siddeley Engines within the “boundary of Coventry” between 1959 and 1964?
      I am given to understand that Rolls Royce apprentices are entitled to their “Freedom”, even though a lot of apprentices worked at Ansty during their apprenticeship, because the head office was within the Coventry boundary limits.
      I would therefore suggest that you contact the Lord Mayors Office (email = and inform the Lord Mayor of your situation. Give the Lord Mayor your dates of Apprenticeship (from – to). The Lord Mayors office may have records of other apprentices who worked for the same company during the same dates as you. If you still have your deeds of apprenticeship this will help a great deal but if you haven’t please add as much detail as possible about your apprenticeship, including month and year (from – to) and confirming this was a continuous period with the same firm. It may also help to advise the Lord Mayor which technical college you attended.

      In the end, it falls upon the Lord Mayor (using the rules held by his office as guidance) to decide whether or not you qualify to become a Freeman of the City of Coventry.

      I do sincerely hope that the Lord Mayor is able to grant your “Freedom of the City”.

      You will receive a free subscription to the Guild for your first year after becoming a Freeman and we hope this will encourage you to remain a member of the Guild after this initial period, as it would only cost you £15 per year or £8 per year as a retired member.

      Please keep us informed via this web site, so that your example may help others who are in the same situation.
      Very best wishes
      Steven Morson
      Deputy Master and Webmaster of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild

    • Hi John,
      Great to see your comment. I was at BSE at the same time as you, but I got on to a DipTech at Lanchester College (Poly then Cov University) so my apprenticeship was extended to 7 years. Anyway, the city agreed that I was eligible for Freemanship and I am currently scheduled to meet with the mayor on June 1, 2017. Hope your application went as well as mine. As a Coventrian her whole life, I know my Mum would have been so proud.

  4. Hello,

    Just a quick question, when specifying the distance from St Mary’s Guildhall to the company address, is this a straight line distance or the distance of the a route between the two places?

    My current employer is the Manufacturing Technology Centre, close to the Rolls Royce Ansty Branch.


    • Hi Georgina,
      That is a straight line distance … as in radius from St. Mary’s Guildhall. Please try an application to the Lord Mayor as I would be delighted to see people with as much drive and determination as you becoming a Freeman of Coventry and take an active part in our Guild.

  5. Dear John Claridge,

    It has taken me some 51 years to contact the Guild, heaven only knows why. My illuminated scroll, Oath of A freeman, signed by Mayor William Parfitt, hangs on my living room wall in Brantford Ontario taking pride of place. It is a great source of conversation both with family and Canadian friends. Last year I was in Coventry, I left in 1974, my Canadian born wife joined me in a visit to the St Mary’s Guild Hall.she was amazed by the history. .I served my Engineering apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at Self Changing Gears, it was on Lythalls Lane back then. I did not realise that joining the Guild was necessary after becoming a Freeman. I would appreciate if you could send the appropriate form to join.

    Youirs Geoff Mallin

    • Hi Geoffrey,
      Joining The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild is your choice. But it is a very good way of keeping in touch with fellow Freemen of Coventry at a very reasonable annual membership cost (about 7% of the annual cost of the most expensive Guild in England).
      To join please follow the link “About > How to Join” on this web site in order to download the form and contact the Membership Secretary by email.
      Best wishes
      Steven Morson
      Past Master and webmaster of The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild

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