File NCR 17d/9 - Book of Orders for Dutch and Walloon Strangers, with a transcript dated 1913

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NCR 17d/9


Book of Orders for Dutch and Walloon Strangers, with a transcript dated 1913


  • 1564-1643 (Creation)

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2 volumes

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On the front endpaper is a penned note that on 18 May 1931 this volume was bound from the original four, folded sections, each of 12 sheets, and encased in leather.

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Being orders for the regulation of the Strangers' Hall and for ordering the life and business of the Dutch and Walloon Strangers, as recorded in signed minutes of a committee comprising eight men, being the mayor and certain aldermen [elsewhere known the 'eight politik men'] for regulating the city's relationship with the Strangers community. Includes a copy of William Tipper of London's 'deputation', citing letters patent granting him and his agents the office of hostager for all merchant strangers within the realm for the following 21 years, nd [? 1580s].
The ms transcript was undertaken by one-time deputy city archivist, Frederick Johnson in 1913.

In 1564, concerned that worsted weaving was greatly decayed, licence by letters patent was granted (at the urging of Thomas, Duke of Norfolk) by the Crown for thirty (24 Dutch and six Walloon) master craftsmen from the Low Countries at settle in Norwich, they having previously taken refuge in Sandwich and London from the religiously-inspired persecutions of the Duke of Alva. The incomers to Norwich were to both make and show how to make Flanders [cloth] commodities.

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The original book of orders is a paper volume of 124 folios, re-bound in 1931 in brown buckram and incorporating near the end of the volume, one earlier soft leather case cover. The folios have sustained much damage at their feet and the lower lines of text are missing. The loss is greatest near the beginning of the volume. The legibility of the text also suffers from 'bleed-through' of the ink from the dorse of each folio. The transcript volume of 279 pages is also bound in brown buckram

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Use microfilm MF/RO 31/1 or MF/RO 211/12-212/1.

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Excerpt from the Book of Orders were printed in SS Slaughter's, The Dutch Church in Norwich, 1933.

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Created 13/09/2007 by Droip. Modified 13/09/2019 by Droip.


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