Mark Lowndes was privileged to be Admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall in London on 20 September 2018.
The ceremony, which dates back at least to 1237, was conducted by the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, Murray Craig aided by the Court Beadle. The ceremony involved Mark reading the Declaration of a Freeman and signing the Freeman’s Declaration Book. The Declaration is:
I do solemnly swear that I will be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second; that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City; that I will maintain the Franchises and Customs thereof, and will keep this City harmless, in that which in me is; that I will also keep the Queen’s Peace in my own person; that I will know no Gatherings nor Conspiracies made against the Queen’s Peace, but I will warn the Mayor thereof, or hinder it to my power; and that all these points and articles I will well and truly keep, according to the Laws and Customs of this City, to my power.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Mark was presented with a parchment Copy of the Freedom prepared by a calligrapher and with a copy of the Rules for the Conduct of Life which date back to the mid-18th Century.
Freedom, or becoming a ‘Citizen of London’ is largely of historical significance. From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery Company to carry out their trade or craft in the Square Mile that is the City of London. It still carries the right to herd sheep over London Bridge.
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