Freemen

Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Cricklade

The Cricklade Court Leet will confer Honorary freedom on a person who in the sole opinion of the Court has given either outstanding voluntary service for the benefit of Cricklade or has performed an outstanding act which deserves the recognition of the Town.

Freedom of the town or borough is a variation on the freedom of the city tradition, and has a similar symbolic meaning; evoking medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night, the key symbolises the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city.

History of the Freedom of the Borough of Cricklade

On the 17th June 1987 to mark the 1100th Anniversary of the Saxon Borough of Cricklade the first appointments of Honorary Freeman of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade were made by the Cricklade Court Leet.

A Roll of Honour, bearing the names of all Honorary Freemen, is, with the agreement of it’s Trustees, displayed in the Cricklade Town Hall.

Freeman Board displayed at Cricklade Town Hall

Rules of the Freedom of the Borough of Cricklade

The rules previously agreed and ratified by Court Members on 21 February 1987 (revised and amended 14th July 2011 – agreed 29th September 2011) are the basis for nomination.

YEARNAMEKnown asCITATION
1987F. FreethFredericIn his service to the town, Fred was a Foeffee of Wayland Estates, a councillor and was also instrumental in reinstating the Manorial Court
1987R. GilesReeceAside from his sporting prowess, Dick was a town councillor for 40 years and, additionally, a district councillor for 19 years
1987M.J. LittleMarcus JohnBusinessman John, in addition to running Cricklade’s glove factory, gave a lifetime’s service to local sporting associations
1989J.A. Baker (Posthumous)James ArthurJim gave a lifetime’s service to the townspeople, both as draper/outfitter and also as chair of the Town Hall committee for 32 years
1989R.J. Coole JPReginald JohnReg gave more than 40 years’ council service to the town and county as well as being a Magistrate and Chair of the Bench
1989 J.G. MarleyJames George As a former Town Council Chair for eight of the 20 years he was councillor, Jim was also the first Chair of the Leisure Centre
1989R.D.M. PageRobert Desmond MurtonAs headteacher of St Sampson’s School for 30 years, sportsman and educationalist Desmond promoted all that was best in and for the town
1989J.F.W. SweetJohn Franks WebbJohn is particularly remembered as the driving force in building and managing the Leisure Centre and its Community Association
1993K. Coole MrsKathleenKathleen’s services to the community included 32 years’ as town councillor and 19 concurrent years as vice chair of the district council
1993W.F. NewWilliam FrancisGrocer’s shop owner Bill lived in Cricklade for over 80 years and was a respected figure in sporting and benevolent associations
1993R. SaundersRoyButcher Roy came to Cricklade in 1960 and served in several major capacities, not least leading the work to save the Parish Hall
1995R. BlackwellRonaldAs one of the longest-serving members of the Manorial Court, businessman Ron also fulfilled many other important Cricklade roles
1995G.W. HobbsGraham WilfredIn addition to being a town councillor, and chair for some years, Graham was a signatory at the inception of the Twinning Association
2000N.N. HayesNorman NaylorNorman was a town councillor for 26 years, twice as chair, and also a member and trustee of the Community Association for 28 years
2000B.M. LargeBenjamin MichaelMike formed Cricklade Youth Football Club in 1974 and went on to champion the success of many sporting associations in the town
2006H.W. WiddowsHoward WilliamHoward was chair of the Town Hall committee for over 25 years, successfully steering its self-financing progress and improvement
2009P.E Marshall (Posthumous)Peter EverettPeter served Cricklade’s community for over 35 years, mainly in the role of meticulous administrator of several organisations
2009B.E. AtfieldBrian EdwardBrian served on numerous committees and bodies, also - as a town councillor, district and county councillor - in the weighty role of chair
2009K.A. JonesKenneth AubreyKen was an active member of the Town Hall committee for over 30 years, maintaining Cricklade’s multipurpose public meeting space
2014C. WilceCliveClive has given outstanding voluntary service for many years, his leadership helped to steer complicated issues through council decisions
2014J.'Taff' LeeJohn (Taff)On leaving the RAF, Taff immersed himself as a volunteer in community life, most notably in his untiring work with the Royal British Legion
2016M.F. Parsons MrsMarion FrancesMarion’s series of books, collectively known as ‘Cricklade Revealed’ has significantly captured the social history of the town from the 1920s
2016D.N. TetlowDavid NigelDavid is connected with many organisations in the town, applying his wide knowledge and experience in appreciated leadership roles
2018R.L. Jones M.B.E.Robert LeslieBob’s input has been welcomed into many facets of Cricklade’s community since the early 1970s; he is also county councillor for the town