Wrothsilver

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 2016 that is Friday 11 November). The ceremony is not held on Sundays.

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, 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 (£13.25 per ticket in 2016) 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.

Contact: info@wrothsilver.org.uk

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

Historical pictures

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