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Wareham Town Crier Competition

Wareham Town Crier Competition

Wareham hosts the South of England Town Criers Championship on the banks of the River Frome


On Saturday 13th July the South of England  Town Criers Championship will be held on the banks of the Frome in Wareham.

Wareham’s Town Crier is Jacquie Hall, she was appointed to the honorary position in 2007.  Throughout the year she attends many civic duties and also enters into Town Crier competitions around the South, promoting Wareham. In July you can come along to see Wareham’s very own competition at the Quay.   The event will include a procession of Criers from the town hall to the south bank of the Frome, opposite the Quay, where the competition will take place.

For more details check out the event on Facebook: South of England Town Criers Championship (Wareham Town Crier Competition)

‘Oyez, Oyez’ – a call from Medieval England!

The call or cry of the town crier would have been a common occurrence on the streets of medieval England. The word ‘Oyez’ (pronounced ‘oh yay’) comes from the French ouïr (‘to listen’), so they saying “Hear ye”. The town crier would begin the cry with these words, accompanied by the ringing of a large hand bell to attract attention. The job of the crier was to inform the townspeople of the latest news, proclamations, by-laws and any other important information. At this time most folk were illiterate and could not read, and hence their role was very important. The cry would usually end with the words, ‘God save the King’ or ‘God save the Queen’.



Jul 13 2024


9:00 AM - 6:00 PM




Wareham Quay
Wareham Quay
BH20 4LP


Wareham Town Council
Wareham Town Council
01929 553006