The Manor of Freckenham in Suffolk, England, was a holy Manor for several centuries from the time King Alfred the Great gave it to the Bishops of Rochester in the 9th century. It became a noble Manor onwards when the Bishops passed it on to Sir Ralph Warren in the 16th century. Freckenham takes it name from the Saxon word frecena which means "the home of strong men or warriors". Brave souls from the Manor died during the world wars and are eternally remembered on the Freckenham War Memorial. The Lord of Freckenham at the time, Major-General Nathaniel Walter Barnardiston, was also a war hero during WW1. The tradition of honouring remarkable and noteworthy acts has been continued by the current Lord of Freckenham.
Though the Manor has been around for more than 1,100 years under different Lords, changes in the laws of the United Kingdom have affected the role of the Lord of Freckenham. The Lord once held power over people and land but as a modern heritage holder, he performs more ceremonial duties in recent times. Despite this, many of his perpetual rights as a recognised feudal Lord of the Manor have not diminished.
There are esteemed feudal Lords who retain their important duties and functions. Among them is The Honourable Francis Dymoke who is the Queen's Champion, Standard Bearer of England and 34th Lord of the Manor of Scrivelsby. Another Lord who holds a fiefdom under Her Majesty is Major Christopher Beaumont, 23rd Seigneur of Sark in Guernsey, Channel Islands. Other Manors such as the Manor of Alcester in Warwickshire, the Manor of Taunton in Somerset, the Manor of Wareham in Dorset, and the Manor of Bovey Tracey in Devonshire, highly regard the role of their Lord and his Manorial Court.
As declared on government legal Practice Guide 22 of Her Majesty's Government, manors are "self-contained with its own customs and rights". Some of these rights were echoed in the official public record published on the London Gazette confirming the Lordship of Freckenham. Continuing this valuable legacy, Amb. Datu Matthew Pajares Yngson, the 70th Lord of Freckenham exercised his manorial prerogative in 2018 and established the Freckenham Manor Award of Merit.
The Freckenham Award of Merit is an international award given by the Lord of Freckenham to distinguished persons in recognition of their achievements. This could be anywhere from a contribution in a family environment to accomplishments that benefit global society. The award is interdominational and nominations are open to any citizen from any country. The Lord of Freckenham awards titles of honour and assigns nominal positions in his Manorial Court to signify these achievements. He also institutes special awards where nominations may not fall in a respective criteria.
The honours are granted in accordance to the level of achievement by the nominee. They are categorized in the traditional officers of the Manorial Court with The Lord's High Steward being the top officer of the Manor. The awards are ranked as follows:
Eligibility and Criteria for nominations are:
Nominations are accepted anytime but self-nominations are not accepted.
Awardees will receive a Manorial Edict Diploma in PDF copy and printed parchment where available. Those awarded as The Lord's High Steward or Grand Bailiff may also receive a Royal Crown Lapel Chain to symbolise their award. All awardees will be publicly recorded on the London Gazette for future generations. The Gazette is an official journal of the British government and the oldest newspaper in the United Kingdom. It was first published in 1665.
"In honour of ordinary persons for their extraordinary achievements"
Please use the form below to make a nomination:
Public Notice: The Freckenham Manor Award of Merit is not awarded
by the government of the United Kingdom or any member thereof.