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Coventry Freemen's Guild
The City of Coventry Freemen's Guild was re-formed in 1946, with the assistance of the City of London Freemen's Guild. However, 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 and is non-political, non-sectarian and religiously impartial.
In Coventry the only way one 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, since other cities introduce their candidates by redemption (by payment) or by patrimony (hereditary father to son or in some cases father to daughter).
Since 1956 the City Council have allowed the Freemen's Guild to occupy a chamber at the north end of the medieval undercroft beneath St. Mary's Guildhall for their meetings. This atmospheric room, with some interesting stone carvings, dates from the 15th century when a row of shops on the site was demolished to make way for an extension to the Guildhall's Great Hall and undercroft.
The room is not normally open to the public, except by special arrangement, although it is generally opened for Heritage Open Days, on the second weekend of September each year.
Coventry Freemen's Guild facilities include:
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Car park over 5 minutes’ walk
- Open by appointment only
Coventry Freemen's Guild accessibility includes:
- Audible alarm system
- Designated parking within about 50 metres of main entrance
Contact - Coventry Freemen's Guild
Nearby and Related Items
Coventry Transport Museum is one of the UK’s best transport attractions with the world’s largest display of British road transport in a space totalling 13,000 sq metres – the size of three football pitches!! The collection is of national importance in the UK and has over 240 cars and commercial vehicles, 94 motorcycles, 200 cycles, 25,000 models.
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has recently undergone a £20 million redevelopment; the site has eight permanent galleries displaying its collections and four temporary galleries displaying large-scale touring exhibitions.