The Sheriff's Ride

Published: 05 September 2015

The last gallopThis unique tradition dates from Queen Mary's Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a 'City and County' with a right to appoint its own Sheriff. The Charter commanded the Sheriff to make a complete perambulation to inspect and enforce the City boundary each September, latterly this has been held on the Saturday nearest to 8 September and as far as records show has never been missed, even during the war period.

On Saturday, 5th September, 60 riders completed the 20 mile ride following a marked route via bridle ways, private land and roads, with welcome refreshment breaks along the way. The weary riders returned to the city, via Cathedral Close at approximately 6.30pm, where they were welcomed by the Dean, Reverend Adrian Dorber. This year's Sheriff Mike Sheldon and his Lady and Stevie Sheldon, although never having ridden before, both completed the ride accompanied by their daughters; Sophie and Charlotte. The Sheriff would like to extend his most grateful thanks to everyone who helped to organise the event, in particular the many land owners who, each year, honour the route by allowing the riders to cross their land.

Sheriff, Mike Sheldon

Sheriff, Mike Sheldon receives the Oman Shiled - presented to each Sheriff that rides.

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