Investiture of Charles, 9th Earl Spencer as a Hereditary Freeman of the Borough of Northampton

Published: Friday, 12 February 2021

In mid-February Charles, 9th Earl Spencer will be invested as a Hereditary Freeman of the Borough of Northampton.

240 years ago, the Honourable George John Spencer, later to become the 2nd Earl Spencer, was sworn in as a Hereditary Freeman. The Trustees of the Freemen of the Borough of Northampton are delighted that Lord Spencer has agreed to become a Freeman thereby continuing his family’s association with the Borough and its Freemen.

Historically Freemen have been a part of our Town’s Civic make up since the town was granted its first royal charter by King Richard I in 1189. Over the centuries the role of the Freemen has changed and adapted alongside the changes to our civic structures.

Freemen have always historically supported Northampton’s Mayoralty and still do so today ceremonially at civic events. Today’s Freemen trustees play a great part in preserving and celebrating Northampton’s history.

Dr Matt Farmer, Deputy Chair of the Northampton Freemen’s Trustees says: “The investiture of Lord Spencer as a Hereditary Freeman of the Borough of Northampton is truly historic as it will be the very first time a Freeman has taken their oath virtually, and this is a wonderful way of preserving our rich civic heritage despite the current challenges of COVID.

"The Trustees are delighted to have Lord Spencer join our number at this time, especially as he will be sworn in by our Mayor Cllr Brian Sargeant, himself a Hereditary Freeman and a member of the Trustees."