Charter Day 2022

Music, Morris dancing, the king’s rider and the Manor Court – we’ll have them all at Charter Day on Saturday 5th March 2022.

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 the programme:

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 The Pheasant pub & micro-brewery, Market St:

  • 13.00: Bakers go head to head in our Great Scone Contest at The Pheasant Brewhouse, adjudicated by the Ale Taster and friends. Could you be crowned Wellington’s top baker? Just take along six of your homemade scones, any variety (labelled with your name and contact details) to The Pheasant by 12.30 that day. Contestants may supply their own jam and cream to compliment their scone, but these will not be judged!
  • 13.00: Judging begins
  • 14.00(ish): Judges announce their verdict



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.