Wroth Silver is Britain's Oldest Annual Ceremony
Recorded as 'ongoing' 1170 AD and still going strong!
Held every Martinmas Eve* before sun rising, make this a 'web site favourite' and come next 11 November. (In 2020 that is Wednesday 11 November, in 2021 Thursday 11th). The ceremony is not held on Sundays, we hold it on the Saturday.
SPECIAL 2020 Covid 19 announcement!
Due to the current pandemic situation His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in his role as the Lord of the Manor of the Hundred of Knightlow will NOT be sending his agent to collect the Wroth Silver this year! Therefore there will be no ceremony held at the Stone nor will there be any hospitality or breakfasts at The Queens Head.
We expect normal collection of the Dues from the 25 parishes in the Hundred of Knightlow will be held next Martinmas Eve before sunrising.
Don't spend the money they may want double then!
(They collected them throughout the mediaeval black death but this is one plague too much!)
We need you at the stone on Knightlow Hill in Warwickshire, England before dawn. Anyone may attend. The Wroth Silver Ceremony starts when it is just possible to read the Charter of Assembly. That is usually about 6.45 am but may be altered by the weather.
Notes for first timers - Pdf file
Some who attend will have prepared themselves with a warming tot of rum and hot milk before-hand, the bar at The Queen's Head usually opens at 6.00 am.
Then we all return for a lovely cooked breakfast (pre-booked tickets**) to The Queens Head at Bretford and to Toast His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in the traditional way with rum and hot milk, smoke churchwarden pipes, hear speeches from the Agent to His Grace, David Eadon - longest continuous attendance ever and the organizer, this year will be his 82th consecutive attendance (an all time record), The Mayor of Rugby, wearing his full regalia (one of the three occasions in the year when it is worn) and hear this years creation from our own poet, and to have the opportunity to buy 'Wroth Silver Today' - the book of the ceremony,.
* That is the 11 November except when it falls on a Sunday when we celebrate it on the previous day, the Saturday, so you can put it in your diary for years ahead!
** the advertisement usually appears in The Rugby Advertiser 3 to 4 weeks before and tickets are available to purchase (£14.00 per ticket in 2019) including a rum and hot milk to drink the health of His Grace and a churchwarden pipe - tobacco available) from the bar at The Queens Head Tel 024 7654 2671 www.thequeenshead-bretford.co.uk before the day. The 2005 advert and the article in the following weeks Rugby Advertiser. SEE NOTE ABOVE!
This is the official web site of the ceremony which is supported by His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry
Boughton House His Northamptonshire home and Drumlanrig Castle his Dumfriesshire home.
Frequently asked Questions about the ceremony
Pictures of the ceremony
Other related links
What a local newspapers wrote about the ceremony in a previous year
And of course a link to one of the ceremonies great supporters and the countries leading Folk Lore specialist. Many thanks Doc for your support and encouragement over the years see the Doc Rowe Collection