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Assorted Jarrold letters and other papers

Largely letters to and from W.T.F. Jarrold or T.H.C. Jarrold. These include a covering letter for a manuscript called 'Take care of No. 1', a letter from R.E. Garland, proprietor of the department store Garland's; an internal letter relating to fire escapes from the Great Yarmouth printing office, and a letter from the headmaster of the Paston Grammar School, stating that he cannot recommend apprenticeships to his pupils. Found with these were some calculations in W.T.F. Jarrold's handwriting and a blank copyright form.

Freemen and Apprentices

Following a reorganisation of the borough government in 1426, entries recording payments for the admission of freemen occur, from 1429 onwards, on the borough court rolls. Later, lists of freemen admitted are to be found on the court rolls, in the court books, and in the Assembly books. No separate register of admissions seems to have existed until the freemen's roll was begun in 1706.

The freedom of the borough was obtained by grant, by purchase, by birth (as the son of a freeman) and by apprenticeship to a freeman. In 1664 a register of freemen's apprentices was commenced to prevent the antedating of indentures and the serving of nominal apprenticeships. Before this time the binding of apprentices had been noted in the Assembly books and apprentice indentures had been recorded on the court rolls. In 1848, following an election scandal, the freemen were disfranchised. There have been few admissions since that time.

Freemen and apprentices

The freemen, or burgesses, of King's Lynn owed their special status to a royal charter granted to them by King John in 1204. Newly admitted burgesses were even issued with a certificate which reminded them that they owed their privileges to the 'Charter of the Most Noble King John'.

A freeman was an inhabitant of a borough who was a full citizen. Only freemen were allowed to serve on the council, become Mayor or represent their borough in Parliament. They were also exempt from certain tolls and dues and enjoyed greater freedom to trade. These privileges were especially valuable to merchants, on whose business the port and town of Lynn largely depended for its prosperity.

Because the status of freemen conferred real benefits, anyone applying to become one had to prove that they were eligible, and their names were carefully recorded in the borough records. The eldest son of an existing freeman was entitled to the freedom. So was an apprentice to a freeman, once he had served his apprenticeship. In addition, 'strangers' might be allowed to purchase the freedom, and a small number of people were given the title in recognition of services performed for the town.

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