In 1831 Thomas Aggleton (1796-1842)

was made a Freeman of the City of London.

Document supplied by Peter Jeremy Aggleton

(Forty six shillings and eight pence equates to £1800-£2500 in 2012. The exact value is dependant on the system used to calculate)

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today  In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members
is the granting of the Freedom of the City of London. It is believed that the of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or who had
Freedom was presented in 1237. The medieval term "Freeman" meant strong London connections. The Freedom was the right to carry out their trade
someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed or craft within the Square Mile of the City of London.
 priviledges such as the right to earn money and own land. Today the  A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure 
 Freedom is largely symbolic but it remains a unique slice of London history. that the goods and services provided would be of the highest standards.
Thomas Aggleton therefore became a Freeman of the City (as a member of Company of Innholders) before the rules of membership were relaxed.
It seems that it was essential for him to become a Freeman to be allowed to operate a Public House within the Square Mile. We know that Thomas Aggleton
ran a number of Public Houses  but do not know details of the relevant establishment within the City.