Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

Town Crier

Ashbourne is one of a diminishing number of towns that has an official town crier. As a historic market town, keeping the role alive is important to the character of the Town.

Bill Hall, a retired schoolteacher and the current Town Crier, took on the position in the summer of 2009 and has regularly appeared round the Town on Saturday mornings as well as at events at other times ever. His regalia is a reproduction of a uniform from the mid 18 th Century.

Bill is a Member of The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers and is unpaid. All money raised as a result of his work goes to the Mayor’s Charity Fund – “You donate what you think I’m worth” he says. Work includes promoting Town events such as Late Night Christmas Shopping, school and charity fund raising events, business openings, etc. along with weddings, anniversaries and similar occasions. He works on the basis of : “You name it, I’ll try to proclaim it”.

He has also appeared on BBC Radio Derby for the opening of Derbyshire Day and on the BBC Flog It programme.

If you want Bill to advertise anything for you in Ashbourne, you can contact him at


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