Freedom of the City
Becoming a Freeman of the City of London
All those who become Freemen of a City Livery Company may apply to become Freemen of the City of London. Freedom is also available to those on the electoral roll of the City itself and those who
have specialist rights through patrimony, formal nomination by City officials or, in the case of some companies, completion of servitude as an apprentice,
There is a separate one-off fee, payable to the Chamberlain's Court, for applying for Freedom of the City. The fee is currently £100. The
process involves two visits to the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall in
the City of London. During the first visit, the applicant must provide
not just the Freedom Certificate but also their full birth certificate
and any other proof of identity and residence (eg marriage and divorce
documents/deed polls/naturalisation papers etc) required by the City of
London Corporation, The application then goes to the Court of Common
Council, which meets 8 times per year. If the application is approved, applicants will then be
invited to return to Guildhall to receive their Freedom in a formal individual ceremony. Family, friends and colleagues are most welcome and we would always encourage members to take supporters with them to get the most out of this wonderful occasion.
Most Spectacle Makers will become Freemen of the City
of London by being presented through the Livery Company ie by showing to
the City authorities a Freedom Certificate that shows you have been
admitted to membership and being supported by other members of the Company.
The City of London website has more information or members can contact the Spectacle Makers' own Clerk to answer any questions.