It’s the time of year for the Annual Assize of Ale in York, an annual charity event to raise money for the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charities, and the charities of the Guild of Scriveners.
Saturday 13 August – Assize of Ale
- Medieval Costume √
- Fundraising for local charities √
- Great afternoon of fun √
- Medieval Feast to finish the day √
What more can you ask for…
The Assize is taken from a medieval custom whereby the Sheriff would summon his men to visit the ale houses in the city to taste the ale to see if it were of a palatable quality. The publicans, to persuade the Sheriff’s men to say that the ale was of a suitable quality, would offer a bribe to the Sheriff’s men. This custom is repeated (now for charity) with participants paying fines for not drinking the ale, for not being dressed in medieval costume (although this is not compulsory) and for various other reasons.
In each public house there is a map of the city of York and squares on the map are sold in the weeks preceding the Assize. Maps are in the pubs and square. The lucky square is drawn on the day of the Assize at each public house and the winner announced. Half of the money collected goes to the winner with the other half going to the charities.
It is a very enjoyable afternoon and starts with the reading of a declaration from the front of the Mansion House in St Helen’s Square at 1.50pm, and the day ends with a Medieval Feast in Bedern Hall, for those wishing to attend. Please remember to enclose a cheque (to the Scriveners) with your booking if you are attending the feast or perhaps a donation if you are unable to.
I do hope you will be able to join me for this very worthwhile charitable event and I would value your support. I enclose a number of information sheets to assist you if you are able to attend and very much hope to see you on the day.
Sheriff of York
Mr Jonathan Tyler
Details are attached >