The annual historic Lichfield Sheriff’s Ride event will take place on 8th September 2018.
The major event in the Sheriff’s calendar is the Sheriffs Ride, which is also open to the public. Queen Mary’s charter commanded the Sheriff of Lichfield to “perambulate the new County and City annually on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.
Today, holding true to custom, the Sheriff commences the Ride at Guildhall at 10:30am, and followed by a retinue of about 50 riders, commences a route of around 20 miles, covering the boundary of the City. The northern and eastern boundaries are covered in the morning, arriving in the grounds of Freeford Manor for lunch The High Sheriff and other Civic Heads are invited.
The Ride then resumes, completing the circuit of the boundary and stopping for tea at Pipe Hall. Returning into the City, the Sheriff and riders are met by the Sword and Mace Bearers at approximately 6.15 pm to be escorted down Beacon Street to the Close where they are greeted by the Dean, before returning to the Guildhall at about 6.30 pm.
The Sheriff’s Ride takes place on the Saturday closest to 8 September. If you would like to take part in the Ride, please complete and return the registration form, together with a non-refundable registration fee of £30 no later than 5pm on 31 August 2018.
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