News Items from 2010 and before...

November 22nd 2010 : Recent Swearing-in Sessions

At a ceremony at the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 15th November 2010, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh:

  • Laura May, daughter of Kevin Hardy Barber, Surgeons
  • Jeanette, daughter of Ian Michael Crowe, Brewers and Bakers
  • Jill Lesley, daughter of Alan Robson, Bricklayers
  • Mary Jane, daughter of John William Robertson, Bricklayers
  • Joan, daughter of John William Robertson, Bricklayers
  • Henrietta, daughter of John William Robertson, Bricklayers
  • Lyndsey Emma, daughter of George Robertson, Bricklayers
  • Neil Stuart, son of George Robertson, Bricklayers
  • Marion, daughter of Robert Arthur Greenwell, Bricklayers
  • Eleanor Louise, daughter of Robert Alexander Dodds, Butchers
  • Thomas Ian, son of Robert Alexander Dodds, Butchers
  • Harriet Sarah, daughter of Robert Alexander Dodds, Butchers
  • Iain James, son of Jacqueline Robinson, Butchers
  • Anthony John, son of Raymond Robinson, Collier
  • Jacqueline Carol, daughter of Joseph William McGill, Coopers
  • Catherine Anne, daughter of William Gibbon, Coopers
  • Dorothy May, daughter of James Henry Dougall, Coopers
  • Julie, daughter of John William Jackson Dodgson, Coopers
  • Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Thomas Oxnard, Coopers
  • Irene, daughter of Thomas Oxnard, Coopers
  • Elizabeth Elsie, daughter of William Gibbon, Coopers
  • Gabrielle Anne, daughter of Joseph William McGill, Coopers
  • Anita, daughter of Elizabeth Mary Taylor, Upholterer
  • Margaret Yvonne, daughter of Alfred Hunter Turnbull, Curriers

November 3rd 2010 : Swearing-in Sessions

Two further swearing-in sessions have been announced by The Lord Mayor's Office. These will take place on:

  • 15th November 2010 at 10:45 am
  • 29th November 2010 at 10:30 am

Swearing in will be in Company order to ensure connected families are together where possible.

October 12th 2010 : Michaelmas Guild

Following the Michaelmas Guild held on Monday 11th October 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh.

  • Susan, daughter of Alan Thompson Alderson, Plumber
  • June, daughter of John French Annan, Tanner
  • Olga, daughter of Joseph Graham Taylor, Shipwright
  • Joyce, daughter of Joseph Graham Taylor, Shipwright
  • Helen, daughter of of John Alan Hastings, Shipwright
  • Carole, daughter of Richard Gibson, House Carpenter
  • Maureen, daughter of Richard Gibson, House Carpenter

October 11th 2010 : Administration Fees

Please note that following a recent review, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne have increased the administration fee for any applications for swearing in received after 10th October 2010 to £20.

Thursday August 26th 2010 : New Admissions

On Monday 23rd August 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh.

  • Louise Charlotte, daughter of Richard Henzell Oxnard, Coopers
  • Caroline Jane, daughter of Richard Henzell Oxnard, Coopers
  • Jane, daughter of Richard Oxnard, Coopers
  • Joanne, daughter of Derek Taylor, Shipwright
  • Victoria, daughter of Terry Hastings, Shipwright
  • Godelieve Magdelena, daughter of James Wilson Annan, Tanner
  • Christine, daughter of John Annan, Tanner
  • Emily Katherine, daughter of Peter Foggin, Taylor
  • Emma Jane, daughter of Richard Michael Grey, Scrivener
  • Shirley, daughter of George Ratcliff, Joiner
  • Caroline Fiona, daughter of Michael Roland Moat, Bricklayer
  • Susan Jane, daughter of David Thompson, Cordwainer
  • Sheila Ann, daughter of William Arthur Thompson, Cordwainer
  • Julie Ann, daughter of David Thompson, Cordwainer
  • Joanne, daughter of Robert Chapman Brewis, Joiner
  • Lorna E, daughter of John William Bell Taylor, Shipwright
  • Tracy, Bernadette daughter of David Annan, Tanner
  • Brenda, daughter of Hubert Alexander, Tanner
  • Donna Marie, daughter of Ian Hubert Alexander, Tanner
  • Kerry Anne, daughter of Ian Hubert Alexander, Tanner
  • Tracy Elaine, daughter of Robert Carlton Glass, Tanner
  • Claire Norma, daughter of Robert Carlton Glass, Tanner
  • Jill, daughter of John Alexander Foggin,Taylor
  • Pamela, daughter of John Alexander Foggin, Taylor
  • Judith Helen, daughter of David Howard Foggin, Taylor
  • Laura Anne, daughter of Graham Purcell Ions, Shipwright

Monday August 16th 2010 : New Admissions

On Monday 16th August 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh.

  • Barbara, daughter of Ian James Hogarth, Barber Surgeon
  • Andrea, daughter of John Anthony Gavin Hogarth, Barber Surgeon
  • Deborah, Anne daughter of Collin Pearson Hogarth, Barber Surgeon
  • Sarah Ann, daughter of Lionel Robson Lunn, Bricklayer
  • Donna Audrey, daughter of William Thompson, Butcher
  • Sandra, daughter of Alfred Hunter Turnbull, Currier
  • Fiona Joan, daughter of Lawrence Turnbull, Currier
  • Amanda Jane, daughter of Newton Shipley, House Carpenter
  • Susan, daughter of Henry David Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Carolyn Alisa, daughter of Henry David Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Louise, daughter of Alan Thew Shaw, Shipwright
  • Christine, daughter of Alan Thew Shaw, Shipwright
  • Linda, daughter of Stanley Brown, Smith
  • Pamela, daughter of Stanley Brown, Smith
  • Shaun, son of Kenneth Brown, Smith
  • Anne, daughter of Joseph Edward Bainbridge, Goldsmith
  • Julie, daughter of Robert Henry Atkinson, House Carpenter
  • Kathleen, daughter of Edward Hall, Master Mariner
  • Kirstie, daughter of John Thomas Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Jennie, daughter of John Doeg, Shipwright

August 10th 2010 : Albert Austin Dedication

On Sunday 20th June 2010, representatives of the Freemen, the Showmen and the City gathered for the dedication of a seat to the memory of Albert Austin.

Albert worked as the Hoppings Supervisor for the City of Newcastle upon Tyne for over 20 years, and then later with The Northern Syndicate of Showmen.

Mr. Austin died in February 2010 at the age of 77, and the seat bearing a plaque, "Albert's View", has been erected at the north east corner of the Town Moor, facing south. It is about 50 yards from the wicket gate, over the road from Blue House.

The ceremony of dedication was performed by David Wilson, Vice-Chairman of the Stewards Committee, surrounded by many of Albert's friends and family.

Monday July 19th 2010 : Recent Admissions

On Monday 19th July 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh (morning session) and The Sheriff, Councilor Geoff O'Brien (afternoon session).

  • Jacqueline, daughter of Samuel Lee, Butcher
  • Ruth, daughter of Samuel Lee, Butcher
  • Janice Kay, daughter of Derek Milton Lowdon, Cordwainer
  • Joanne Kim, daughter of Derek Milton Lowdon, Cordwainer
  • Tracey Anne, daughter of Derek Milton Lowdon, Cordwainer
  • Lynn, daughter of Kenneth Charlton, House Carpenter
  • Sandra Elizabeth, daughter of William George Frizzle, House Carpenter
  • Lynne Christine, daughter of William George Frizzle, House Carpenter
  • June, daughter of Harry Carr, Joiner
  • Fiona, daughter of Harry Carr, Joiner
  • Sandra, daughter of Harry Carr, Joiner
  • Moira, daughter of Cuthbert William Ridley, Masters & Mariners
  • Patricia, daughter of Cuthbert William Ridley, Masters & Mariners
  • Lisa, daughter of Cuthbert William Ridley, Masters & Mariners
  • Michelle, daughter of Keith Hall, Masters & Mariners
  • Louise, daughter of Keith Hall, Masters & Mariners
  • Julie Ann, daughter of James Hal, Masters & Mariners
  • Valerie, daughter of Allan Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Linda, daughter of Allan Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Christine, daughter of Thomas Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Christine, daughter of Thomas Wilson, Ropemaker
  • Ann, daughter of John Armstrong, Shipwright
  • Susan Valerie, daughter of Ralph Thomas Fenwick, Shipwright
  • Mary, daughter of James Shaw, Shipwright
  • Jacqueline, daughter of John William Hiscock, Shipwright
  • Nancy C, daughter of Thomas Taylor, Shipwright
  • Sarah Louise, daughter of John Robert Alder, Slater & Tyler
  • Judith Marie, daughter of Joseph Vincent Bell, Smith
  • Rosalind Patricia, daughter of Joseph Vincent Bell, Smith
  • Lesley Anne, daughter of John James Annan, Tanner
  • Moira, daughter of Fredrick Robert Sutherland, Tanner
  • Lyn, daughter of Harry Barras Taylor, Shipwright
  • Jane Louise, daughter of Studleigh Ashworth Errington, Weaver

Tuesday July 13th 2010 : Recent Admissions

On Monday 12th July 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh.

  • Ian David, son of Donald Crowe,Baker & Brewer
  • Muriel Ann, daughter of Henry Thompson Sample, House Carpenter
  • Margaret Hardie, daughter of Frederick John Dickinson, House Carpenter
  • Linda Margaret, daughter of Robert Smailes Atkinson, House Carpenter
  • Patricia, daughter of Francis John Clark, Joiner
  • Catherine, daughter of Robert Hall, Joiner
  • Frances, daughter of Francis John Clark,Joiner
  • Joyce, daughter of John George Atkinson,Ropemaker
  • Pauline, daughter of Henry David Wilson,Ropemaker
  • Kathleen, daughter of Hugh Annan, Tanner
  • Cynthia Jean, daughter of Norman Robert Foggin, Taylor
  • Susan Mary, daughter of John James Porteous Hall, Slater & Tyler
  • Kathleen Ann, daughter of John James Porteous Hall, Slater & Tyler
  • Diana Christine, daughter of Charles Humphrey Errington, Weaver
  • Mary Laura, daughter of John Carlton Young, Cooper
  • Sylvia Ann, daughter of Joseph Johnson Taylor, Shipwright
  • Evelyn, daughter of William Bell Taylor, Shipwright
  • Hazel, daughter of William Nichols, Shipwright
  • Sylvia Florence, daughter of George Stanley Fraser, Bricklayer
  • Maureen,daughter of Percy Simmons Jobling, Bricklayer
  • Christine Irene, daughter of George Alfred Thompson, Saddler
  • Patricia Doris, daughter of George Alfred Thompson, Saddler
  • Janis, daughter of George Henry Marshall, Cordwainer
  • Mary, daughter of Thomas Gordon Usher, Cordwainer
  • Pauline, daughter of Peter Robinson, Smith
  • Heather, daughter of Robert Davison Maule, Barber Surgeon

On Friday 9th July 2010, at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, the following were made Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor,

  • Christina, daughter of William Bainbridge, Goldsmith
  • Mary Doreen, daughter of William John Angus, Skinners and Glovers
  • Dorothy, daughter of James Betram Dotchin, Master & Mariner
  • Isobel, daughter of Thomas Hunter Brett, Ropemaker
  • Jane, daughter of Thomas Hunter Brett, Ropemaker
  • Margaret, daughter of Goerge Purvis, Ropemaker
  • Valerie Baron, daughter of George Baron Atkinson, Ropemaker
  • Gladys, daughter of Robert Wishart Charlton, House Carpenter
  • Joyce, daughter of Thomas Stewart Brown, House Carpenter
  • Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of John Sample, House Carpenter
  • Elizaberth Ann, daughter of Nicholas Frizzell, House Carpenter
  • Mary, daughter of Thomas Stewart Brown, House Carpenter
  • Margaret, daughter of Thomas Stewart Brown, House Carpenter
  • Lynn, daughter of Kenneth Charlton, House Carpenter
  • Vera, daughter of George Tueart, House Carpenter
  • Marie, daughter of George Tueart, House Carpenter
  • Pauline, daughter of George Tueart, House Carpenter
  • Madeleine, daughter of George Tueart, House Carpenter
  • Patricia, daughter of Henry Matthew Talintyre, Cordwainer
  • April, daughter of Douglas George Talintyre, Cordwainer
  • Julia, daughter of William Arthur Sutherland, Tanner
  • Laura, daughter of William Arthur Sutherland, Tanner
  • Lynn, daughter of William Charles Sutherland, Tanner
  • Jill, daughter of Alan Atkinson Shaw, Shipwright
  • Margaret, daughter of Edward Hiscock, Shipwright
  • Ruth, daughter of William Taylor, Shipwright
  • Ann Isabella, daughter of Joseph Smart Nichols, Shipwright
  • Dorothy, daughter of Joseph Smart Nichols, Shipwright
  • Mary Wardle, daughter of Joseph Smart Nichols, Shipwright
  • Doreen, daughter of Thomas Little Robinson, Smith
  • Maureen, daughter of Vincent Jameson, Smith
  • Barbara, daughter of Vincent Jameson, Smith
  • Doreen, daughter of Thomas Robson Bell, Smith
  • Patricia, daughter of Thomas John Hogarth, Barber Surgeon
  • Jean, daughter of Robert Kitchen, Bricklayer
  • Geraldine, daughter of Basil Roxby Alderson, Plumber
  • Margaret Nicole, daughter of George Lionel Andrews, Saddler
  • Rachel Jayne, daughter of John Michell Andrews, Saddler
  • Eillean, daughter of William Foggin, Taylor
  • Stephanie Moira, daughter of Leslie Foggin, Taylor

Sunday July 11th 2010 : Lady Freemen - forthcoming swearing in sessions

The Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne are delighted to announce that there will be a number of sessions dedicated to the swearing in of Lady Freemen at the Guildhall in the coming weeks.

The first was held at 11 am on Friday 9th July 2010, with a second at 2:15 pm. Another session was held on the following Monday, 12th July 2010, also starting at 11 am. Around 40 Lady Freemen will be sworn in.

The next session will be held at 11am on Monday 12th July 2010 at The Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne with further sessions announced in due course.

Friday June 11th 2010 : Freemen's Magazine Issue 8

Issue number 8 of the Freemen's Magazine is available to download as a PDF from the magazine page.

If you're a Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and you don't already receive a copy, or you know a family relative who would like to receive a copy of the magazine, then please drop us a line via the Contact form at the bottom of the About page.

Monday May 24th 2010 : Swearing in of Lady Freemen

At a ceremony held on Monday 24th May 2010 in Newcastle's historic Guildhall in front of Lord Mayor Michael Cookson the following ladies became Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne:

  • Margaret, daughter of William Charlton Alder, Butcher
  • Deborah May, daughter of Cyril Tuart, House Carpenter
  • Doreen Alice, daughter of George Benjamin Burns, Joiner
  • Elizabeth, daughter of Amor Spoor, Smith
  • Nora, daughter of Robert Foggin, Taylor
  • Margaret, daughter of Ephrim Palmer Coatsworth, Upholsterer
  • Edith Pescod, daughter of John Young, Cooper
  • Joan, daughter of Jasper Robson, Cooper
  • Kathleen, daughter of Edward Oxnard, Cooper
  • Averill, daughter of William Thompson, Cordwainers
  • Lilian, daughter of Thomas Stewart Brown, House Carpenters
  • Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Coatsworth, Upholsterer
  • Mary, Elizabeth daughter of Henry Coatsworth, Upholsterer
  • Lilian, daughter of Charles William Foggin, Taylor
  • Penelope Ruth, daughter of Arnold Edward Currall, Scrivener
  • Elizabeth Mary, daughter of George Turnbull, Cooper

Sunday May 16th 2010 : Annual Church Parade

The annual Church Parade was held on Sunday May 16th 2010 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, beginning at 10 am. All Freemen and their families were invited to attend and this year's attendance was a major improvement on recent events.

Robing begins in the Cathedral Library

Preparing to parade...

Alan Bainbridge, Lord Mayor Mike Cookson and Sir Leonard Fenwick

Tanners Company

Saturday April 17th 2010 : Civic Reception for Lady Freemen

On Saturday April 17th 2010, Lord Mayor of The City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor Michael Cookson hosted a special reception at The Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne to celebrate our new hereditary freemen and to look forward to playing an active role in supporting this city as we enter an exciting new era for the freemanship.

A slideshow of the Official Photographs is available here.

Monday April 12th 2010 : Swearing in of Lady Freemen

At a ceremony in the Guild Gall on Newcastle's historic Quayside, the following were sworn in as Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Lord Mayor, Michael Cookson.

  • Nina Luena Blenkinsop, Cooper
  • Ruth Plumber, Bricklayer
  • Maureen Bell, Weaver
  • Judith Caroline Caruthers, Tanner
  • Lesley Ann Walker, Goldsmith
  • Ellen Hall, Master Mariner
  • Christine Margaret Lowes, Cordwainer
  • Maureen Brien, Joiner
  • Gemma Louise Ions, Shipwright
  • Beverly Heron, Ropemaker

Click here to view the feature which appeared in the on-line versions of The Newcastle upon Tyne Journal Newspaper.

Click here to view a selection of photographs from the Freemen's page on Facebook.

A slideshow of the Official Photographs is available here.

Sunday April 11th 2010 : The Freemen of Newcastle on Facebook

The Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne now have their own group on the social networking site, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com).

Facebook is a free-to-join internet-based utility designed to help its members stay in touch with friends, relatives and colleagues the world over. The site currently has an estimated user base of around 400 million people and users can exchange messages, photographs, even video quickly, and easily.

Our Facebook page has been put together to help the Freemen move forward into the 21st Century and this is just another means of spreading the word about the work that we do in protecting the City's green spaces for future generations. This kind of facility is fast-becoming second nature to the next generation of Freemen and so we need to keep up to speed with progress of technology.

To access the group, you need to set up an account on Facebook, which only takes a few minutes. After that, just search on 'Freemen of Newcastle' and you'll arrive at the all-important page. If you're already a member of Facebook then just click here.

Several members of the Senior Stewards Committee and the Web Page Admin team have been using Facebook for many months and will be able to offer you any help and assistance that you might need.

Friday 9th April 2010 : City of Newcastle upon Tyne : Council Press Release

www.newcastle.gov.uk

For Immediate Release 09 April 2010

Ceremony to Welcome First Women to Become Hereditary Freemen

An important new chapter of Newcastle's history will be written next week when women will be sworn in as hereditary Freemen of Newcastle for the first time in 900 years.

The ten women will become hereditary Freemen of the City at a ceremony at the Freemen of Newcastle's Easter Guild at the Guildhall on Monday, 12 April at 12.30pm.

During the ceremony each new Freeman will hold a musket and bible as their name is called and they will be asked to sign an oath which will also be signed by the Lord Mayor.

It is customary for each new Freeman to present a silver coin, minted before 1910, to the Lord Mayor.

Last November the Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 was given Royal Assent, opening the doors to women whose fathers are hereditary Freemen of Newcastle so that they too can be entitled to use this honour.

This change in national legislation was instigated by the Freemen of Newcastle with the support of the City Council and introduced by local MPs.

The new Act puts daughters in the same position as sons, by giving them the right to inherit from their father the option of becoming a hereditary Freeman.

Cllr Mike Cookson, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, will be swearing in the new hereditary Freemen during Monday's ceremony. He said: "This is an historic day for the city and I am looking forward to welcoming the first of the many hereditary freewomen who will take their rightful place in our city's history.

"Next week I will be hosting a special reception celebrating our new hereditary freemen and I am sure they will be looking forward to playing an active role in supporting this city as we enter this exciting new era for the freemanship.

"I would like to invite the serving freemen of Newcastle in congratulating the new freemen and wish them well."

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chairman of the Freemen of the City, said: "This is an occasion to celebrate for Newcastle upon Tyne which has led the way for more than a decade in campaigning nationally to bring about gender equality and ensure the absolute rights of women to receive the Freelage and of course the civic responsibilities such a distinction does also bring."

Since the introduction of new legislation over 200 women are now waiting to be called to become new hereditary Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne and the expectation is the numbers shall over the next two years be in the region of 1000.

This new legislation changes the position for hereditary freemen only. It is important to understand that the title of honorary Freeman of Newcastle, which can be granted by the City Council to persons who have rendered eminent services to the city, has long been open to women, several of whom have been appointed as honorary Freemen over the years.

Friday 18th February 2010 : Site Update / Facelift

Regular visitors will have noticed that we've had something of a spring-clean in recent weeks. The old black and boxy styling has given way to the new Freemen's Blue look, which should be a lot easier on the eye. We're also running off a brand new, high-speed Linux-server so most, if not all, of the pages will load a lot faster than they did before.

We've also greatly improved the content on the site. All of the incorporated companies now have their own micro-site, available from the companies page in the menu bar above. Each of these micro-sites provides a general description of the company plus information on a Guild's role within the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

As with all major upgrades, we're still snagging out some problems so if you find something that isn't quite right then please let us know via the Contact form on the About page.

Friday 5th February 2010 : Update

The Holy Jesus & Mary Magdalene Trust is a charitable body which exists mainly to provide sheltered housing to those with limited means. All applicants have to meet certain financial criteria though each application is considered on its own merit.

There is an allocation of accommodation afforded to the Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne over the age of 50 years, or a widow/widower of a Freemen living within a prescribed area.

The bungalows in Spital Tongues provide a safe and friendly atmosphere, with home help and personal assistance available to all those who may require these services.

For economic reasons bungalows allocated to Freemen use cannot remain empty and could be reallocated.

Should you, or anyone you know who meets the qualifications and who may be interested in this accommodation, then please contact:

  • Miss Sharon Hepple, General Manager
  • St. Mary Magalene and Holy Jesus Trust
  • Claremont Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE2 4NN

Alternatively, why not visit the Trust's new web site at http://www.mmhjtrust.com.

Wednesday 3rd February 2010 : New Server

We have just migrated this site to a new server and so some of the links may not be fully functional. We're currently chasing down a small number of issues but if you discover a problem then please get in touch with us and we'll do whatever we can to rectify the fault. Thanks, Admin.

Saturday 23rd January 2010 : Social Gathering at The Guildhall

The Second Social function organised by the Senior Stewards Committee of the Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne was held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, 23rd January 2010 in the Guildhall on Newcastle's Historic Quayside. Around 100 people were in attendance, entertained by Singer Malcolm Bennett and Comedian Bob Bolam.

Members of the Senior Stewards Committee (Alan Bainbridge, Keith Hall, Ian Miller, Jim Johnson, Chris Atkinson, Paul Anderson and Michael Gray) then answered questions from the floor. The principle matter raised was the imminent arrival of Lady Freemen. The Senior Stewards Committee outlined the initial selection criteria and said that the first Lady Freemen would almost certainly be sworn in at the forthcoming Easter Guild.

Click here for a selection of stills from the social gathering, held Saturday 23rd January 2010 at 1:20 pm in the The Guildhall, Newcastle Quayside.

Monday 18th January 2010 : Close Guild at The Guildhall

Richard Mark Moat

Richard Mark Moat, Bricklayer.

Richard Mark Moat, son of Michael Rowland Moat, Bricklayer was sworn in by Cllr. Michael Cookson, Lord Mayor.

Picture by Steve Brock Photography

Thusday 17th December 2009 : Lady Freemen III

As a result of the successful efforts of the Newcastle Freemen, in co-operation with Newcastle City Council and local MPs, legislation has now been enacted which makes it an entitlement for women to enter the Freelage in Newcastle upon Tyne. Work is now taking place, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, to prepare for implementation of the admission of Lady Freemen.

To support the implementation, in co-operation with the Lord Mayor's Office, a data collection form has been produced for potential Freemen to complete.

The form may be completed online or downloaded for returning to our office at Moor Bank Lodge after completion. Forms are also available directly from Moor Bank Lodge, and the Lord Mayors Office at Newcastle City Council.

To download a printable version of the application form, click here.

(PDF document, requires Acrobat Reader)

Contact details for return of printed forms are as follows:

Post :

Admissions Group

Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne
Moor Bank Lodge
Claremont Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4NL

Fax :
Email :

0191 2324677
admin@freemenofnewcasatle.org

Saturday 14th November 2009 : Lady Freemen II

The Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne are delighted to report that the campaign for equal rights for daughters of Freemen to join the Freelage has been successful. The Economic Development and Construction Bill has successfully passed through Parliament and has now received the Royal Assent.

The Bill now gives daughters the same rights as the sons of a Freeman.

Quoting from the November 10th edition of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle :

"A centuries-old law preventing women from becoming Freemen of Newcastle has been overturned. Until now, only the sons of Freemen could take on the title from their fathers when they reached the age of 20.

"But the organisation has long campaigned for equality on behalf of the daughters of their members. And, backed by two Tyneside MPs, they have got their wish - thanks to a unique amendment passed by Parliament."

"Now, the first wave of women are looking forward to joining the Freelage at the first available opportunity. Newcastle Central MP Jim Cousins proposed an amendment to Economic Development and Construction Bill which was debated in Parliament, accepted and added to the Bill for approval at the House of Lords. It was supported by Newcastle East and Wallsend MP Nick Brown.

He said: "This decision means that we can have Freewomen of Newcastle, as well as Freemen. The reform is long overdue."

Sir Len Fenwick, chairman of the Freemen of Newcastle, said: "Both Jim Cousins and Nick Brown have been hugely supportive of our campaign for equality on this issue and we thank them for everything they have done."

Wednesday 21st October 2009 : Lady Freemen

We are pleased to report that in support of the campaign by the Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne for equal rights for daughters of Freemen to join the Freelage, Jim Cousins M.P. proposed an amendment to the Economic Development and Construction Bill which was debated in Parliament, accepted and has been added to the Bill.

The Bill if successful will give daughters the same rights as the sons of a Freemen.

We will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure we do all that we can to secure gender equality within the Freelage.

A copy of the amendment :

New Clause 4, LOCAL FREEDOMS

(1) The Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70) is amended as follows.

(2) In section 248 (freemen and inhabitants of existing boroughs), after subsection (1) there is inserted -

"(1A) Where the son of a freeman of a city or town may claim to be admitted as a freeman of that place, the daughter of a freeman may likewise claim to be so admitted.

(1B) The son or daughter of a freeman of a city or town shall be admitted as a freeman whether born before or after the admission, as a freeman, of his or her freeman parent and wherever he or she was born.

(1C) In subsections (1A) and (1B) 'freeman' excludes a freeman of the City of London."'

(Jim Cousins)

Monday 12th October 2009 : Michaelmas Guild

The Michaelmas Guild was held at 10 am on Monday 12th October 2009 in the Guildhall on Newcastle's historic Quayside.

Thomas Ralph Carr-Ellison of the Merchant Adventurers company was sworn in as a Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in front of Sherrif and Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh.

Also present was retiring Head of Legal Services for The City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Mrs. Val Dodds who has been a tremendous asset to the Freemen for many, many years.

The Chairmen of the Senior Stewards Committee, Sir Leonard Fenwick presented Mrs. Dodds with a fountain pen as an appreciation of her valued help and support.

Two new stewards, Sherod Walker, Plumbers Company and Alex Wright, Scriveners Company were in attendance at the Closed Guild.

July 10th 2009 : The Hoppings (update)

The slideshow of photographs from the Hoppings 2009 Opening Ceremony has been updated and now runs correctly on Internet Explorer.

To view the slide show, click here .

June 20th 2009 : The Hoppings

Europe's largest travelling Fun Fair, The Hoppings, was opened yesterday, Friday 19th June 2009, at 0130 pm by The Lord Mayor of The City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor Mike Cookson.

The Hoppings began as a temperance festival back in 1882, although its history has been traced back to 1721, when horse racing took place on the Moor. The word Hoppings is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means Fair so the event could be over a thousand years old.

Click here to see a slide show of images from the opening ceremony.

June 9th 2009 : Freemen's Magazine Issue 6

Issue 6 of the Freemen's Magazine is available for download from the Magazines page.

The edition includes articles by the outgoing Lord Mayor, Mr. David Wood, a review of the Freemen's Social event held at the Guildhall in April and a historical look at 900 years of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, from Norman Times to the present day.

May 17th 2009 : Freemen Church Service, St. Nicholas' Cathedral

The annual Freemen's Church Service took place on Sunday May 17th 2009 at 0930 hours in St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Mosely Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Freemen in procession with David Wood, Lord Mayor to the annual Freemen's Church Parade at the mother church  of St Nicholas.
Freemen in procession with David Wood, Lord Mayor to the annual Freemen's Church Parade at the mother church of St Nicholas.

May 8th 2009 : Company of Shipwrights' page added

The information page for the Company of Shipwrights' has been added to the Companies page. You can also jump directly to the page by clicking here.

April 23rd 2009 : New Freemen

Seven new Freemen of the City were sworn in at a ceremony in the Guild Hall on the morning of 20th October 2008 by the Lord Mayor, Mr. David. L. Wood.

The new Freemen are:

  • Kenneth, son of Stanley Brown, Smith
  • Thomas Stewart, son of Thomas Stewart, House Carpenter
  • Andrew John, son of Stephen Foggin, Taylor
  • Anthony Stephen, son of Stephen Foggin, Taylor
  • Paul John, son of John Charles Foggin, Taylor
  • Jonathan David, son of Malcolm George McGill, Cooper
  • William Robert, son of Robert Row, Bricklayer

April 18th 2009 : Freemen Social

All Freemen and their families were invited to attend a social at The Guild Hall, Newcastle Quayside on Saturday, April 18th 2009 at 1:30pm.

Refreshments, entertainment and speakers from both the Freemen and the City, gave a rare opportunity to answer questions regarding the charities supported by the Freemen.

Entertainment was provided by the well known Newcastle duo Best of Fettle.

The attendance at this event was astonishing with over 200 Freemen and their families present.

Sir Leonard Fenwick and Alan Bainbridge introduce the proceedings

Sir Leonard Fenwick

Val Dodds talks about the history of the Freemen and Newcastle upon Tyne

Best of Fettle entertain

Attendance was high - over 200 Freemen and their families!

David Faulkner, Deputy Leader of the Council

Sir Leonard Fenwick

Jim Johnson makes a sale!

Tuesday 3rd March 2009 : Coopers and Tanners Information pages now live

As part of a scheme to improve and enhance this site, we're now adding individual pages for each of the incorporated companies.

The first two pages have now been uploaded, the first for the Tanners company and the second for the Coopers company.

To see these pages, click on the Companies page in the menu bar above and then on the relevant Coat of Arms. If a link exists then you'll be taken to the company's page.

Additional company pages will be uploaded over the next couple of months.

Wednesday 19th January 2009 : Swearing in of a new Freeman

New Freeman, Christmas Guild 2009

At the Christmas Guild held on Monday 19th January 2009 at the Guildhall, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Thomas James son of James Curry Green (Cordwainer) was sworn in as a Freeman of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

New Freeman, Christmas Guild 2009 New Freeman, Christmas Guild 2009

Wednesday 17th December 2008 : Updates

Two minor updates

  • 1. Issue 5 of the Freemen's magazine is available for download from the magazine area.
  • 2. The Ferguson's Santa Run has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the new year.

Monday 6th October 2008 : Michelmas Guild, Swearing in of New Freemen

Four new Freemen of the City were sworn in at a ceremony in the Guild Hall on the morning of 6th October 2008 in front of the Lord Mayor, Mr. D. L. Wood.

New Freemen, MichelmasGuild 2008

The new Freemen are:

  • Robert, son of Barry Graham, Plumber
  • Harry Edward Taylor, son of Richard Michael Gray, Scrivener
  • Jonathan Peter Lawrence, son of Peter Lionel Kent, Master Mariner
  • James William, son of David James Brown, Butcher

Monday 6th October 2008 : Senior Steward's Committee 2008-2009

The Stewards Committee for 2008-2009 was also appointed at the Close Guild.

Stewards Committee for 2008-2009

The Stewards Committee (2008-2009)

F.H. Alder, C.G. Atkinson, K. Hall, M. Grey, J. Johnson, Sir Leonard Fenwick (Chairman)

A. Bainbridge, D. Wilson (Vice Chairman), P. Anderson, I.F. Miller, H. Alder, W.G. Frizzle

(All Guild photographs courtesy of Steve Brock Photography)