- 1670-1835 (Creation)
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The records listed here were, in the main, copies, sent to the Norwich town clerk, and clerk to the Norwich commissioners of sewers, and it is through this coincidence of office that they were kept with the records of the sewers commissioners. Accounts, invoices and other records relating to the cleansing of the river by the Norwich authorities using the Yarmouth monies are listed elsewhere in NCR 14.
Established by Act of 22 Charles II, 1670, the Great Yarmouth Haven and Piers Commissioners, were charged with the maintenance and repair of the haven and piers at Yarmouth by means of special dues levied on incoming goods. The Commission was composed of representatives from the Borough of Yarmouth, Norwich City, and the counties of both Norfolk and Suffolk, and met in variety of locations in Yarmouth, Norwich and on the county border in either Bungay or Diss. They collected tolls and customs dues on good unlading at Yarmouth for transport upriver to Norwich. They later also became responsible for the maintenance of the navigability of the several rivers running into the Haven, including the navigable channel along the River Yare/Wensum between Yarmouth and the New Mills in Norwich. In doing so, they shared overlapping authority with those of both the Norwich Corporation and the Norwich Commissions of Sewers over the River Yare from Hardley Cross upriver to Norwich. In practice, this entailed the grant of an annual sum from the Borough of Yarmouth (to whom the the pier and haven tolls were farmed) to the authorities in Norwich, who then spent that money on surveying and cleansing the river and its banks down to Hardley Cross.