Open to all sons and daughters of Freemen when they are aged 21 or over, provided that they were born in wedlock after that parent became Free of the Company. Any person lawfully adopted by a Freeman of the Company, born after that adopter was admitted to the Freedom of the Company, is also eligible for admission by Patrimony.
Likewise any person whose birth has been legitimated in accordance with the law currently applicable in the United Kingdom and who is born after their qualifying parent took up the Freedom of the Company is eligible for admission by Patrimony.
A Fee of £125 plus VAT is payable.
By Redemption (Patrimonial):
This category applies to:
(a) children of Freemen not eligible for admission by Patrimony; and
(b) grandchildren of Freemen not eligible for admission by Patrimony.
A Fee of £125 and a Fine of £250, plus VAT, are levied.
This form of admission is a very restricted category: it enables men and women over 21, with no immediate family connection with the Company, to apply for membership. Applications are considered each autumn and should therefore be submitted by 31 July.
The current policy of the Company is that candidates should normally be between the ages of 30-50, have personal qualities of integrity, tolerance, judgment and camaraderie and be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:
(a) success in their chosen profession or career;
(b) experience or expertise relevant to the Company’s activities;
(c) existing or previous involvement in public or charitable service;
(d) a desire and capacity to devote time to the activities of the Company or the City Corporation.
Only in exceptional circumstances will members of other Livery Companies be considered.
A Fee of £125 and a Fine of £300, plus VAT, is payable.
By Redemption (Presentation):
On the recommendation of the Court of Wardens, men or women who have rendered particular service to the Company are admitted to the Freedom of the Company by Redemption (Presentation), without payment of any Fine or Fee. Persons who have rendered outstanding public service may also be recognised in this way, honoris causa.
The Freedom of the Company entitles a Freeman (male or female) to apply for the Freedom of the City of London.
All enquiries concerning admissions to the Freedom should be addressed to the Archivist.
The Drapers’ Company, Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DQ
tel 020 7588 5001