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matchle55
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31 of 46  Fri 29th Aug 2014 8:34pm  
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Having just read through all the comments on the Freeman's oath has made me think. I was halfway through my apprenticeship and my family upped sticks and moved from Tile Hill to Warwick, my dad then got me a job at a firm in Leamington where I finished my time but I continued my day and evening classes in Coventry. I wonder if there would be any chance of me taking the oath?????

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morgana
the secret garden
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32 of 46  Fri 29th Aug 2014 9:39pm  
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Origins of the guild Edited by member, 29th Aug 2014 9:41 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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33 of 46  Sat 30th Aug 2014 1:29am  
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Most interesting Morgana, thank you. My Tony took his on 10th Oct. 1961, I don't suppose there are any members out there who attended on that date. No photos I am afraid, wish I had. Wave
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Roger Turner
Torksey
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34 of 46  Sat 30th Aug 2014 2:59pm  
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Again I`m in your debt, morgana - I followed your link and "bingo" photographs of my great uncle Alec I had never seen before and what`s more learned of his involvement in the Guild. Oh well! I never made the Guild, although I did play for Trinity Guild rugby team for a while!
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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35 of 46  Sat 30th Aug 2014 3:31pm  
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Roger, there is a nice picture of the members of the Freeman's Guild 1946 posed for a picture in "Coventry a Century of News" by Alton Douglas. As it is a 1991 book I won't post it on here as I am still not sure about copyright laws but there are several cheap copies of the book on www.Abebooks.co.uk. I am pretty sure my stepgrandad is on the picture but when I wrote to the Guild they could not find his name on the list!
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pixrobin
Canley
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36 of 46  Wed 3rd Sep 2014 11:30am  
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Might be of interest to others
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TonyS
37 of 46  Wed 3rd Sep 2014 11:57am  
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Roger Turner
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38 of 46  Wed 3rd Sep 2014 12:11pm  
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By jingo. Grandpa used to dole out his Seniority money to his grandchildren in florins (2/-) at £6.20 a throw - we didn`t do too badly. Only thing is I cannot remember how I spent it!
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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39 of 46  Sun 15th Apr 2018 11:10pm  
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On 29th Aug 2014 8:34pm, matchle55 said: Having just read through all the comments on the Freeman's oath has made me think. I was halfway through my apprenticeship and my family upped sticks and moved from Tile Hill to Warwick, my dad then got me a job at a firm in Leamington where I finished my time but I continued my day and evening classes in Coventry. I wonder if there would be any chance of me taking the oath?????
Hi The qualification requires that the apprenticeship must have been performed at an address either within 4.5 miles of St Mary's Guildhall or within the city boundary - please see this link Smile
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bohica
coventry
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40 of 46  Mon 16th Apr 2018 9:39am  
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Please correct me if you know better, but I believe exceptions were made such as for AWA at Baginton.
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3Spires
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41 of 46  Mon 16th Apr 2018 11:29am  
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Hi bohica I'm unable to comment with regards to possible exceptions - but I would recommend that matchle55 present their documentation to the city as the staff are extremely helpful and keen that anyone who qualifies should receive the honour. Cheers
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Potters Green Lad
Long Lawford Rugby
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42 of 46  Mon 16th Apr 2018 9:03pm  
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I received my entrance to the Freemans Guild in November 1975 after serving my time at C&E Motors Limited in Canley as a truck mechanic, one of the proudest days of my life and what an honour. My son is to begin his training to become a blacksmith in September but unfortunately, he will do his time in Hereford, not many blacksmithing opportunities in Coventry anymore so the chance to follow on from the old man is lost. He will, however, become inducted into the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths so at least the tradition of trades guilds isn't entirely lost on today's youth.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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43 of 46  Tue 17th Apr 2018 4:44am  
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Potters Green Lad, I wish your lad the very best with his blacksmith training. I am sure he will still be needed whilst we still have the beloved horses. Who knows in the distant future we have have to resort to using them again. What a great use for transport. Now some members here will knock that on the head, but what beautiful animals they are. Wave
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pixrobin
Canley
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44 of 46  Tue 17th Apr 2018 2:56pm  
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So, what's the difference between a blacksmith and a farrier?

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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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45 of 46  Tue 17th Apr 2018 3:06pm  
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A blacksmith works with metal to create all sorts of objects, such as wrought ironware, railings, garden implements and furniture. A farrier is someone who shoes horses. The farrier has blacksmithing skills, but a blacksmith may never have shoed a horse in his life. Thumbs up
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