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Apply for Colchester Freeburgess status

Date issued 11 August 2017

The application period for Colchester residents eligible for the ceremonial Freeburgess title is now open.

Colchester residents can find the application form to download online at Applications are welcomed up to 5pm on Thursday 31 August, ahead of the next ceremony on Thursday 21 September 2017 where the status will be conferred by Colchester's Mayor Councillor Gerard Oxford.

The Freeburgess title is a ceremonial honour, dating back to the 1189 Royal Charter of Richard the Lionheart, which can be given to any Colchester resident.

Successful applicants need to either have been apprenticed for seven years to a member of the Guild of Master Craftsman who also holds the title, or have a parent or grandparent with Freeburgess status.

Over 400 Master Craftsman trades and crafts qualify - from traditional occupations, such as cabinet makers, tree surgeons and coffin makers, to modern skills including aluminium fabrication and asbestos products and removal.

The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Gerard Oxford, said: "I encourage any Colchester resident who thinks they meet the criteria to apply for their Freeburgess status, and I look forward to meeting them at the forthcoming ceremony in Colchester's Town Hall.

"While it is purely a ceremonial honour, upholding such aspects of our heritage is part of keeping history alive in the town."

For more information on the Mayor and Town Hall heritage visit


For further information contact or call 07815 088150