Music, dancing, the king’s rider and the Manor Court – we’ll have them all at Charter Day on Saturday 7th March 2020.
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.
Here’s what happened at Charter Day 2019:
In Market Square:
- 11.00: Morris Dancing from the Ironmen & Severn Gilders
- 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 – 13.00: 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
At The Pheasant pub & micro-brewery, Market St:
- 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.
- 14.00: Judges announce their verdict!
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.