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Civic history and traditions

The Burghmote Horn

Burghmote horn

The Burghmote Horn is the oldest piece of civic regalia in Canterbury. It was used as far back as 1155, in the reign of Henry II, to summon the bailiffs of the city to the court of the citizens – known as the Burghmote. Today it is used at special ceremonial events such as mayor-making or when a new sovereign is proclaimed.