Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City is an honour given by us to either a person (civilian) or military unit, in recognition of their exceptional service to the city. 

To be given Freedom of the City there needs to be a special meeting of the council. At least two-thirds of councillors must agree to give the honour.

Honorary Freemen of the city of Canterbury

  • 2022 - Colin Carmichael OBE
  • 2015 - Paul Barrett MBE
  • 2015 - Sir Graeme Odgers DL
  • 2015 - Amanda Cottrell OBE DL JP
  • 2012 - Dave Lee MBE (awarded posthumously)
  • 2012 - The most Rev. & Rt.Hon. Dr Rowan Williams, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (2002 to 2012)
  • 2011 - Peter Firmin MA
  • 2011 - Michael Head
  • 2008 - The Very Rev. Robert Willis KStJ DL
  • 2008 - Lord Bruce-Lockhart of the Weald Kt OBE
  • 2008 - The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • 2006 - Tim Brett JP DL
  • 2006 - Allan Willett CMG
  • 2001 - Anthony Swaine FSA
  • 2001 - John Ward CBE
  • 2001 - Peter Williams MA
  • 2000 - His Honour Judge John Rogers QC MA
  • 1992 - Terry Waite Esq CBE
  • 1992 - The most Rev & Rt.Hon George Carey DD Archbishop of Canterbury (1991 to 2002)
  • 1984 - The most Rev & Rt.Hon Robert Runcie MC DD Archbishop of Canterbury (1980 to 1991)
  • 1983 - His Honour Judge Edward Sutcliffe QC MA Honorary Recorder
  • 1983 - The Reverend Canon Derek Ingram-Hill, MA DD FSA
  • 1978 - His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT PC GCB
  • 1976 - The Very Rev. Ian Hugh White-Thomson, Dean of Canterbury (1963 to 1975)
  • 1976 - The most Rev & Rt.Hon. Frederick Coggan DD Archbishop of Canterbury (1974 to 1979)