28 February 2024

Residents invited to the city’s Annual Charter Service

Salisbury’s Annual Charter Service is taking place on Sunday 6th February 2022 at 10.15am, and residents are invited to attend the celebrations.

The service will celebrate the signing of the Salisbury Charter in 1227 and the links between Council, Church and the wider community and will take place at the Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund’s, Salisbury. It is open to the public and Salisbury’s Mayor and City Councillors will also be attending.

As part of Charter Sunday, the Mayor and City Councillors will process from Salisbury Guildhall at 10am to St. Thomas’ Church for the annual service which will mark 795 years since the Charter was signed.

Speaking to the Mayor, Cllr Caroline Corbin said, “It’s always a pleasure to undertake my Civic duty for Salisbury. Carter Sunday is an important date in our calendar as it marks the signing of the original charter in 1227 when King Henry relocated the Cathedral from Old Sarum to its current location. It is all steeped in history and it makes me realise how wonderful our city is and what a pleasure it is to live here.

“I am hoping the day will be blessed with sunshine so our residents can enjoy the sight of our Councillors in full regalia.”

The Charter has a fascinating and ancient story; New Sarum was made a City by King Henry III in 1227 by a Charter confirming the relocation of the cathedral from Sarisberie and establishing the Charter Market and the annual Charter Fair – both of which remain a leading part of the City’s services to this day.

If you are unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed and available to view here on the day.

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty