Series KL/C 38 - Account rolls of the Gild merchant of the Holy Trinity

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KL/C 38


Account rolls of the Gild merchant of the Holy Trinity


  • 14th century-16th century (Creation)

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(c 1286-c 1545)

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In existence from the 13th century, dissolved around 1545, during the Reformation. Met at the Trinity Guildhall, King's Lynn. Guild practice in Lynn was dominated by the Trinity Guild, which included all those trading in the town. The guild had a chapel within St Margaret's chuch and employed thirteen chaplains: six in St Margaret, four in St Nicholas, and three in St James. It also regularly acted as trustee for simple charity distributions, as well as more elaborate schemes (such as the almshouse started in 1473, and Thoresbys College, founded in 1543), funded by the large amounts of property owned by the guild. A proportion of this property passed to the Corporation in 1545 when the religious guilds were dissolved.\r\nThe Guild enjoyed a corporate status before the Borough had the right to appoint its own mayor (see KL/C2/1). The office of Alderman of the Guild remained second only to that of mayor until the Guild was dissolved (KL/C 5).

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The accounts were rendered each year on the feast of the Holy Trinity.
Harrod references Gd 49-74.

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Created 03/06/2003 by Droip. Modified 02/10/2018 by Drv06.


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