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We are Durham City Freemen

The Freemen of Durham are the members of the eight Guilds or Companies comprising Barbers, Butchers, Cordwainers, Curriers, Drapers, Joiners, Masons and Plumbers. These Guilds are all that remain of the sixteen in the Middle Ages of which there is written evidence going back as far as 1450.

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Announcements

Candlemas Guild Day - 7th February 2022

The Candlemas Guild Day ceremony will take place in the Town Hall over morning and afternoon sessions.

The morning ceremony will start at 10:00 followed by a buffet lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 with the afternoon ceremony starting at 1:00.


New Warden for the Masons Company

Following the recent election for a new Warden of the Masons' Company, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Neil Graham as the new Warden.

John Booth
Chairman of the Wardens


The Sands De-registration as Common Land

" The Planning Inspector has now published his ruling on the public inquiry into Durham County Council's application to have the former coach park at the Sands de-registered as common land.

Patrick Conway, Chair of the Durham City Freemen Trustees, said " Given the overwhelming public opposition to this application, the Freemen are saddened that the protection against further development, afforded by common land status is now about to be removed.

For generations Durham City Freemen have vigorously protected the integrity of the Sands as common land, and are concerned this decision might be used in the future, as a precedent for encroachment on the remaining green space.

A compromise that permitted construction of water tanks for the civic headquarters fire safety needs could have been possible, whilst maintaining common registration, Nonetheless Durham City Freemen will continue to work with the local authority in the interests, not only of the Freemen but the wider Durham community.

Durham City Freemen are determined to safeguard the traditions of the medieval guilds that contribute to the history of our city, while supporting community organisations and modern day apprenticeships".

Patrick Conway
Chairman of the Trustees


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Patrick Conway  OBE
Patrick Conway OBE
Chair of Trustees
John Booth
John Booth
Chairman of the Wardens and Barbers' Company Warden
Kathleen Vasey
Kathleen Vasey
Drapers' Company Warden and Secretary to the Freemen
Eric Bulmer
Eric Bulmer
Chairman of the Charitable Trust and Membership Secretary

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