North East Lincolnshire Council

Enrolled Freeman of Grimsby

Applying 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), or have married the daughter or widow of an Enrolled Freemen. Now both sons and daughters may 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 become an Enrolled Freemen please complete the Application for the admission to the Pastures Roll of the Freeman of Grimsby online form.

Alternatively, you can download, complete and return the Enrolled Freeman application form (PDF). For application guidance read the Enrolled Freeman 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.

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

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