Town Charter Project

Wonderful news for the town!




The Higham Ferrers Town Charters are to be conserved thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding

Higham Town Council and Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership are delighted to announce that they have achieved Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the Town’s Charters for everyone to see and enjoy. At last we can make sure that the Charters are protected and their significance to the town’s heritage can be celebrated.

Art Competition 2018

How we will celebrate in 2019

Charter Week for local school children

In May, Higham Ferrers Junior School children will have a week of fun activities to raise their awareness and understanding of the Charters:

  • a study of the Charters in the context of Higham’s history, script writing, story boarding and starring in their own commemorative Charter film
  • developing a commemorative booklet.

The week ends with the Chichele Garden Fair featuring Charter Scarecrows and an exhibition of children’s art.

Scarecrow Competition – Chichele Garden Fair 2018

Higham Ferrers through the Ages from Roman to Victorian

Medieval Day for all

On Saturday 29 June the town will return to the medieval period, with medieval

  • encampment displays featuring living history demonstrations, and the opportunity to try out medieval trades and entertainment.
  • Present-day market stallholders at the monthly Farmers’ Market will join with medieval
  • period traders to make it an unforgettable day celebrating local heritage.

Touring Exhibition

Digital images of the restored Charters, alongside interpretative material, will tour around the town during the summer, beginning at the Chichele Garden Fair in May.

Everyone is welcome and entry to all events is free

Why not join us in celebrating our town’s heritage?

What is a charter?

The Charters of a Borough are the title deeds of the Burgesses, and each Charter is the result of a series of historical events and marks the new phase of self government for the Town.

To find out more

See our five display boards which have kindly been shown in local businesses around the town.

The Charter Project Display.pdf