Mayor's Parlour - Bath, England

This week my kids have off of school and the city of Bath have Heritage Open Week going on for all the families that live here.  One of my favourite things about living in Bath is being able to have my Discovery card, which can get me into many places free or with a nice discount.  The Heritage Open Week is tied into the Discovery card and twenty two different locations within Bath.  Despite the heavy rainfall on Monday we hopped into a taxi and headed into town to explore.  

Our first stop was the Mayor's Parlour at the GuildHall in the city of Bath.  I have been to the Guildhall Market before (an indoor shopping area) but have never step foot within the building that often will have a blushing bride and groom outside its doors.  When we finally found the Maylor's Parlour we were greeted by two different individuals who gave as a great tour of the room.  They were both amazing at giving out information about the Mayor and history of the Mayor's Parlour to a children's level.  We got to see the book where all the royal families sign when they visit the city, Peppercorns that were once used by the city as payment, and the robes that the Mayor wears. They even had a neat smaller size one that the kids could dress up and wear.

The only thing we did not get to see was Mayor's chains as he was wearing them that moment for a meeting in the Guildhall.  Perhaps we will pop in later this week and see if we can meet the Mayor! 

Q: Does the Mayor of your city get to wear historical dress like ours in England?

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  1. This is such a fun thing to see. I don't know of any mayors in the US who do this sort of thing, but I suppose it might be possible in some of the smaller/older towns on the east coast.

  2. I'd love to see which Royals and signed it! x

  3. In my village here in France I don't think the mayor has anything ceremonial to wear besides a blue, white and red sash, but back in Dublin, the Lord Mayor has a beautiful, large gold necklace. x.

  4. The boys all dressed up, adorable!

  5. I think it's so interesting that the Mayor of England still has historical dress and obviously still wears them! It seems pretty old-fashioned to me, but I think it's important to keep in mind that the way the English do their political system has been around way longer than the modern democracy that we have in Germany, so obviously things are going to be different. I think it's great that you take your boys out to experience the culture of their current home - that way they can really take a lot of good experiences with them growing up abroad! :)

    By the way, I'm excited to meet you at Selena's Blogger Afternoon Tea! I was so happy when I found out I would happen to be in the UK that date! :)


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