North East Lincolnshire Council

Enrolled Freeman of Grimsby

COVID-19 update

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) there will be delays in processing and responding to applications to the Pastures Roll of the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby.

We will continue to review the situation and respond to any applications and queries as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

Apply to the pastures roll of the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby

Traditionally, in order to become an Enrolled Freemen you had to

  • be the son of an Enrolled Freemen (at the time of birth)
  • have married the daughter
  • be the widow of an Enrolled Freemen.

Now daughters and women who marry an Enrolled Freeman may also apply to become an Enrolled Freemen.

This same law means it no longer matters whether your parent was an Enrolled Freemen when you were born, although your parent must have been admitted as an Enrolled Freemen. It also no longer matters where you were born. A 7 year indenture (apprenticeship) to an Enrolled Freemen may also qualify for enrolment. In all cases the applicant must reside within the former Borough of Grimsby.

To apply to complete the Apply to the pastures roll of the Freeman of Grimsby form.

Alternatively, you can download, complete and return the Enrolled Freemen Application Form (PDF). For application guidance read the Enrolled Freemen Application Guidance Notes (PDF).

The daughter of an Enrolled Freemen is now eligible to apply to become an Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby just like the son of and Enrolled Freeman.

The same law means that it no longer matters whether your parent was an Enrolled Freeman when you were born although your parent must have been admitted as an Enrolled Freemen.

It also no longer matters where you were born. However you must be the son or daughter of an Enrolled Freemen in order to be eligible and you must live in Grimsby.

I am the daughter of a Freeman and upon our marriage my husband applied to become a Freeman.  Can I apply in my own right? And if so, will my husband still be able to stay on the Roll?

Yes probably, provided you live in Grimsby – please complete the application form so we can check.

I am the daughter of a Freeman and upon our marriage my husband applied to become a Freeman.  Can I apply in my own right? And if so, will my husband still be able to stay on the Roll?

Yes, even your husband is on the roll you will still be eligible to be on the roll in your own right and your husband will remain a Freeman.

Although I am the son or daughter of a Freeman I was not born in Grimsby am I eligible?

Yes probably, provided you live in Grimsby – complete the application form so we can check.

My father was admitted a Freeman after my birth am I eligible?

Yes probably, provided you live in Grimsby. Complete the application form so we can check.

I am the grand-daughter of a Freeman, but my father was not a Freeman, am I eligible?

Not at the moment. Depending on circumstances then if your mother or father live in Grimsby then one of both may be eligible to apply, then once they become a Freeman at a later date, provided you live in Grimsby, you may be eligible.

Do I have to be married to apply, whether a son or daughter?

No, you must live in Grimsby and be the son or daughter of a Freeman so suggest you complete the application form and we can check.

How quickly should I complete the form?

If you wish to be considered for inclusion on the Pastures Roll for the current year, then we must receive a completed form by 14th September but it would be advisable to return the form as soon as possible.

How old do I have to be to become a Freeman?

You must be at least 21 years old.

Contact details

Legal Services, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU

Telephone: 01472 324149

Fax: 01472 324022

Email: LegalAdmin@nelincs.gov.uk