When: 8th September 2012, assembly in Guildhall at 10am. At 10:30am Sheriff’s Lead Party ride out.
£: Free to watch
What is it?
A traditional custom where the Sheriff and a group of around 150 ride the boundary of Lichfield.
The custom originates from when Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and had the right to appoint its own Sheriff. Queen Mary’s Charter commanded the Sheriff to “perambulate the new County and City annually on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8th September”.
The 16 mile ride round the city boundary covers the northern and eastern boundaries in the morning, arriving at Freeford Manor in time for lunch. Various races then take place, including the open race for the “Sheriff’s Plate”. The ride then completes the circuit of the boundary, making a stop at Pipe Hall. Once they return to the city, the riders are met by Sword and Mace Bearers before returning to the Guildhall.