Assize of Ale harks back to medieval times

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A PUB crawl that dates back to medieval times will be taking place this weekend in York.

The annual Assize of Ale began in the Middle Ages when local notables were concerned that the ale served in the city should be of a suitable quality.

They took it on themselves to appoint Serjeants to test the quality of ale the city.

It has now become a charity event and on Saturday, August 9, the Sheriff, Guild of Scriveners and many more will all take part in this year’s procession.

It will start from the Guildhall to the steps of the Mansion House for the Sheriff’s Address where he will be accompanied by the civic party and the guild in period costume.

From there participants will then take part in the medieval custom by visiting the cities alehouses to ensure it is “palatable.”

Throughout the years, the Assize has become a key charity event and involves two separate routes around city centre alehouses. There is also a medieval feast at Bedern Hall in the evening, which takes place from 6.45pm.

As well as the Assize of Ale the Guildhall will be open to the public from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Entry is free and there will be free seal-making workshops. People can also watch preparations for the Assize of Ale during the morning session.

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