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Closing date for items for

the next issue of

The Salamander



25 January 2004

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members who still are not. Once

Free, then go to the Chamberlain’s

Office and start the process of

becoming a Freeman of the City.

Having Sworn that Oath in the

Chamberlain’s Court then the

individual can ask to be Clothed.

The cost is £500 and all

Company debts must be paid and in

good order. Quarterage and Charity

remain the same amounts as a

Freeman pays. The £500 is a one off


Once a Liveryman, one enters a

different position in the City. There

are some 23,000 Liverymen. Today

the Livery gathered to elect the next

Lord Mayor, Robert Finch, who takes

office on Friday 7


November in The

Any Freeman

can become a

Liveryman of the


To be Clothed in

the Livery is a

privilege and

once Clothed,

having the Livery

gown put on

one in a special

ceremony in

Court, that person can then be

elected to Court of the Worshipful

Company, if been a Freeman for

three years.

The first step is to take one’s

Oath of a Freeman of the

Company. There are a few

Silent Ceremony, when the

outgoing LM hands over to the

incoming LM without a word being


. Saturday that follows is The

Lord Mayor’s Show and fireworks

in the evening.

Today's Luncheon followed in

Painters’ Hall and eleven

Liverymen joined the Master to

enjoy lunch with about 120 other

Liverymen from 10 other

Companies. A very good feeling of

fellowship prevailed. It is fun and it

is very special.

Liverymen also gather at

Common Hall in Guildhall to vote

for the Sheriffs.

T H E C L E R K ’ S D E S K — W H A T I S A L I V E R Y M A N ?


today the show is just as much a

celebration of the City’s energy,

diversity and unique nature.

Alongside the more

traditional and historic elements,

including the Lord Mayor’s

coach and the pike men, are

floats representing the City’s

neighbouring communities, arts

organisations, businesses and

other organisations that keep the

City running.

This year the Worshipful

Company of Firefighters took

part with ten other companies

under the title of “The Modern

Companies”. The group of

worshipful companies was led

by the West Midlands Fire

Brigade Band and the final part

of our entry was a 1890 horse

drawn steam fire appliance on

which rode our Master, Colin

Livett, in his full Masters regalia

and in the capacity of the officer

in charge of the steam whistle.

Other members of our

company taking part in the

procession were Court Assistant

Neil Botten, Liveryman Patrick

Sheen, and Freeman John

Sewell and Under Warden

Martin Coffey.

The Silent Ceremony

On Friday 7



The Master, Wardens and two

of the Company's newest

Freeman attended the Silent

Ceremony at the Guildhall. This

was to witness the swearing in

of the Lord Mayor Elect as he

officially became the 676



Mayor of London. This is a very

ancient ceremony and as its

name implies is conducted

nearly completely in total

silence. The outgoing Lord

Mayor and the incoming Lord

Mayor are attended by the Court

of Alderman and Court Officials

and the main purpose of the

ceremony is for the handing

over of the articles of office.

These articles are the Sceptre,

the Seal of Office, the Purse, the

Sword and the Mace.

Once the incoming Lord

Mayor has sworn the

Declaration and the articles of

office have been transferred the

incoming Lord Mayor and the

outgoing Lord Mayor together

with Alderman, Recorder,

Sheriffs, Officers and the Livery

Companies walk out of the

Guildhall to a rousing fanfare of


The Lord Mayor’s Show

It didn’t start off this big but

over 800 years the Lord

Mayor’s Show has grown in size

and stature.

This year the procession

stretched more than three miles

in length and took over an hour

to pass the Mansion House

where the Lord Mayor took the


The first procession took

place in 1215 and its roots lie

with King John and the oath of

allegiance. Recognising the

importance of the City, the King

granted the people the right to

choose their own Lord Mayor.

However, the person chosen still

had to appear before him for

royal approval and to swear

loyalty to the Crown. In practise

this involved the Lord Mayor

and his supporters travelling

from the City to the Palace of

Westminster to swear the oath

of allegiance.

Since that time, the scope of

the Show has changed

considerably. Even though the

oath of allegiance is still sworn

(although these days it is done at

the Royal Courts of Justice),

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Friday 13



2004, at 1830hrs. The

Foundation Evening at

Winchester House.

Tuesday 30



2004, at 1845hrs. The

Massey Shaw Dinner at

The Insurance Hall. (This

dinner was formerly

known as The Annual


The Clerk

Margeret Holland-Prior


Tel: 020 7600 1666



The Society was

founded by the Corpo-

ration of London to

“promote an interest in

and the interests of the

City of London”


Nigel Andrew Hall

Tel: 020 7581 3232 (W)

020 8780 2878 (H)

Open Forum

Margaret Holland-Prior

What was Said?

This picture taken at the recent Salamander Ball

poses a question. What where these two great masters


So here is the challenge to all. Send me a quotation

– humorous of course!!

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