CHARTER DAY 2018 – it’s back on!
This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday 3rd March, was cancelled due to the bad weather. But don’t despair – we’ll be slotting in some costumed Charter Day capers to the Border Morris ‘Day of Dance’ on Saturday 14th April! The provisional programme is:
10.30: King’s herald arrives on horseback to deliver the charter, before Morris dancing begins in Market Square as five sides from across the region descend on the town
12.00: The town ale taster, town crier and ‘clerk of the market’ are appointed by the Manor Court
12.20: The Morris dancing festivities continue
3pm: The dancing ends
Music, dancing, the king’s rider and the Manor Court – it’s all coming up at this year’s Charter Day, which takes place on the first Saturday of March – in 2018, that’s be 3rd March.
So what’s it all about? Well, on February 29th 1244, King Henry III signed Wellington’s first market charter. It was amongst the earliest awarded to a Shropshire town and, as a town that still boasts one of the biggest and busiest markets in the county eight centuries later, it’s an occasion worth marking. So, the first Saturday of March each year is celebrated as Charter Day.
In Market Square:
- 11.00: Medieval-inspired street theatre from The Shrewsbury Mummers
- 11.30: The King’s Herald arrives on horseback to deliver the charter to the lord of the manor
- 11.45: Morris Dancing from the Ironmen & Severn Gilders
- 12.00: Order! Order! The town ale taster, town crier and ‘clerk of the market’ are appointed by the Manor Court
- 12.20: More Morris Dancing from the Ironmen & Severn Gilders
At Wellington Library, Larkin Way:
- 10.00 – 14.30: Drop in on the annual Community History Day, where local history groups will be on hand to talk about their current projects and help you out with those local and family history questions
On the Ale Taster’s Ceremonial Pub Crawl:
- 13.00: Bakers go into battle in our ‘Game of Scones’ at The Pheasant Brewhouse, adjudicated by the Ale Taster. All entries to be submitted by midday!
- 13.45ish onwards: follow the Ale Taster’s entourage of esteemed ale drinkers to other real ale haunts around town.
IMAGES FROM PREVIOUS CHARTER DAY EVENTS…
It all adds a bit of colour to what can be a cold and grey time of year, and it’s another reminder of Wellington’s long history as a market town.