As its name indicates, the Guild of Young Freemen is an association of Freemen of the City of London, and as such, all its members must be Freemen or Apprentices to a Freeman of the City of London. Please note that it is completely independent of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, which is a Company Limited by Guarantee founded in 1908.
In order to be eligible to apply for membership of the Guild, an individual:
• Must be a Freeman or an Apprentice to a Freeman of the City of London *
• Must be 18 years of age or above at the time of application
• Must not be above 40 years of age at end of the current calendar year
• Must be proposed and seconded by two Members of the Court **
(*) Individuals who are not a Freeman/Apprentice of the City of London but meet all other criteria listed above will be considered for Temporary Membership provided that they have made a visit to the Chamberlain’s Court for the purpose of obtaining the Freedom of the City of London or intend to do so within 12 months of their successful application.
(**) Candidates who have no Proposer or Seconder will be required to attend a Guild event before completing any membership formalities.
Individuals seeking membership of the Guild should first signal their interest to the Clerk through the Contact Page and all enquiries and applications relating to Membership must be made only through the Clerk of the Guild. Please do not contact the Chamberlain’s Court other than to make arrangements for your freedom ceremony.
Following preliminary consideration of their application, candidates will be invited for interview before the Admissions Committee which makes its recommendations to the Court.
Candidates will be apprised of the success or otherwise of their application following the next regular Court Meeting, and if successful, will be invited to attend the next regular Admission Court for a short joining ceremony.
Applicants are kindly reminded that the Freedom of the City of London does not confer upon the recipient any rights of membership of the Guild of Young Freemen, which remains a privilege granted only by the Court of the Guild.
Freedom of the City
There are several ways in which to apply for the Freedom of the City of London: Freedom by Servitude (where an apprentice has served a Full Apprenticeship to a Freeman), Freedom by Patrimony (for children of Freemen where one parent was a Freeman prior to the Applicant’s birth), Freedom via a Livery Company, Freedom by being on the City of London Electoral Roll, and finally the Freedom by Nomination.
The Freedom by Nomination is the most common method of obtaining the Freedom if you are new to the City of London. The Guild of Young Freemen is very privileged to count amongst its Members numerous Liverymen, Common Councilmen, and Aldermen who are required to sponsor such an application.
Please note that although the Guild of Young Freemen is able to facilitate application to the Freedom for those who have been approved for Temporary Membership of the Guild, it is the Chamberlain’s Court which is responsible for the processing of Freedom applications and, as such, all requests must be made directly through the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court.