History of the Assize of Ale
Any sergeant who failed to answer the summons was guilty of an offence and liable to fines or the pillory!
The Assize of Ale continues to this day. The Sheriff summonses his sergeants in the Queen's name. Nowadays the Assize is organised to have fun whilst raising money for charities. The fines have been replaced by donations from those taking part.
In the run up to the Assize, and on the day itself, members of the public can enjoy and take part in fund raising activities.
In participating public houses there will be treasure maps. Visit the hostelries which are helping in the Assize, knowing that, by taking part you will be having fun and helping local charities. You will also have the possibility of winning a prize. The winners will be announced in individual pubs.
The Assize of Ale Charities and AcknowledgementsThe main purpose of the Assize is to have fun and raise as much money as possible for local charities.
Each year the local charities are chosen by the Lord Mayor of York and the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York.
This years charities are:-
2.00 PM Sheriffs address on the steps of the Mansion House
Processional RoutesRoute A Leader: John Latimer
The Guild of Scriveners of the City of York
The first reference to the Guild has been traced back to 1487, The Guild governed those who could generate legal documents in the City of York. This ancient Guild was reconstituted in 1991. Its current activities are based around the establishment and maintenance of close contacts and co-operation between fellow members in the promotion of:
Dunnington Sports Club, Dunnington
The Spread Eagle, 98 Walmgate
Fiesta Mehicana, 14 Clifford Street
The Flag and Whistle, Huntington Road